MANILA — Together with the Environmental Protection Compliance Division (EPCD), the Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA has intercepted a total of 809 spiderlings and 17 adult spiders in three (3) air postal parcels in Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).
Records show that the subject postal parcels all came from Poland and consigned to certain residents of Pasay City, Parañaque City and Batangas. Upon physical examination, surreptitiously concealed small plastic vials wrapped in foil with cotton containing spiderlings and spiders were found.
The spiderlings and spiders were immediately turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) pursuant to Customs Administrative Order No. 10-2020.
Aside from the instituted seizure and forfeiture proceedings against the subject seized wildlife species for violation of Section 1113 in relation to Section 117 and RA 9147, the DENR is currently conducting case building for possible prosecution of the importer and co-conspirators for violation of RA 9147, while the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS), Legal Service of the Bureau of Customs shall conduct parallel case build-up for possible prosecution of violation of Section 1401 of the CMTA.
As consistently mandated by Customs Commissioner, Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the Bureau of Customs-NAIA, under the leadership of District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan, shall continue to strengthen coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and be vigilant against illegal wildlife trade and trafficking.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)