BOC-MICP Apprehends Medicines And Cigarettes In Series Of Operations In Paranaque

As part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) commitment against smuggling, the Bureau through the Manila International Container Port’s (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) apprehended Chinese cigarettes and medicines in a series of operations in Tambo, Paranaque City.

Armed with Letters of Authority (LOA) signed by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, the team in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) launched two operations on February 16 and 19 to inspect 2 storage facilities which led to the apprehension of Chinese cigarettes and medicines.

The first operation yielded an estimated value of Php 4 Million while the subsequent operation yielded an estimated Php 9 Million worth of cigarettes and medicines which are suspected to be used to treat COVID-19.

Further investigation are underway to determine those responsible for the storage facility as well as the possible filing of charges for violation of section 1400 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA)

As the nation continuously recovers from the impact of COVID-19, MICP remains committed in its campaign against smuggling under the guidance of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.