Plaridel, Bulacan – On May 26, 2023, a joint operation conducted by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) led to the seizure of suspected smuggled goods with an estimated value of P900 million. The operation was carried out by agents from the Manila International Container Port (MICP), Intelligence Group, and Enforcement Group, in collaboration with the Philippine Coast Guard.
Through the Letter of Authority signed by Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio, the BOC composite team inspected the warehouses located in Plaridel, Bulacan. The operation was conducted in close coordination with the local barangay and the Philippine National Police.
During the thorough inspection of the premises, the BOC uncovered a stash of cigarettes, along with general merchandise, housewares, kitchenware, and counterfeit goods suspected to have been illegally imported into the country.
In light of the findings and pending the submission of the necessary documentation, including proof of payment of duties and taxes, as well as importation permits, the BOC took immediate action by temporarily padlocking and sealing the warehouses.
The owners of the said warehouses have been given a 15-day period to provide the required documentary evidence.
Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio stated, “The Bureau of Customs remains steadfast in its commitment in combating smuggling activities and protecting the interests of the general public. This operation demonstrates our determination to safeguard the integrity of our borders and ensure compliance with our customs laws.”
The BOC urges the public to report any suspected smuggling or illicit trade activities to help maintain a fair and transparent business environment in the country.