The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) two (2) criminal complaints against alleged unscrupulous individuals involved in the smuggling of fuel and various household products worth P1.545 million.
A case was filed against LUZON PETROMOBIL INTEGRATED SERVICE STATIONS, INC., a fuel retailer, for its alleged illegal sale of unmarked diesel fuel amounting to P305,928.72. The violation was committed on 3 September 2021 in Arayat, Pampanga.
The subject retailer violated Republic Act (RA) 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act; the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law; the DOF-BIR-BOC Joint Circular No. 001.2019 as implemented by Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 43-2019; and the DOF-BOC-BIR Joint Memorandum Circular No. 001.2021.
Another case was filed against DONNA BELLA TRADING and its customs broker due to their alleged misdeclaration of various household goods from China with an estimated value of P1,239,345.84. The incident happened on 4 February 2022 at the Port of Manila.
The importer and the customs broker violated the CMTA and the Revised Penal Code.
Since January 2022, the BOC has filed 20 criminal cases involving 53 individuals and licensed customs brokers before the DOJ and administrative cases against 6 licensed customs brokers before the Professional Regulation Commission.