Kiara Lauren Lopez-Ibanez / Benjamin Cuaresma
In coordination with the Philippine Postal Corporation, operatives of the Bureau of Customs-NAIA have intercepted 38 parcels with 75 poker chip-sets and other gambling paraphernalia from the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).
The items were seized due to the lack of required permit from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). The intercepted poker sets, dealer chips, and other gambling paraphernalia shall be turned over to the Auction and Cargo Disposal Division for safe keeping pending seizure and forfeiture proceedings.
The said operation is a part of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s order to intensify anti-smuggling campaign and prosecution of smugglers. (AI/FC/MTVN)