BOC files P96.84-M smuggling raps vs. trader, broker

November 3, 2011 9:45 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 3 — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) a P96.84 smuggling charges against a trader and a broker for illegal importation of 3,915 complete units of Asus laptop computers from the People's Republic of China (PROC).

Charged were Rolando Peralta, owner and general manager of Orza Marketing and his broker, Manuel Lancero Sarmiento.

They were formally charged by the BOC for violation of Sections 2503 and 2530 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP).

The computers were confiscated based on an Oct. 25, 2011 Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) issued by the BOC after it was found to be misdeclared and grossly undervalued.

According to BOC Commissioner Rozzano Rufino "Ruffy" Biazon, the BOC has now increased its level of vigilance because of the coming holidays.

"We know that the months immediately preceding the Christmas holidays are the peak months of smuggling. That is why I have instructed all our operatives to be even more vigilant in monitoring all shipments entering the country," Biazon said.

Declared as computer parts and monitor, the 40-footer and 20-footer container vans of Peralta yielded complete units of Asus laptop computers.

Based on BOC valuation, the computers could be worth P96,840,590.96 which were imported from the PROC.

The confiscation of Peralta's computer shipment was enforced by the BOC Enforcement Group (EG) under Deputy Commissioner Horacio Suansing Jr.

"The apprehension of Peralta's shipment of misdeclared and undervalued computers was the result of our relentless efforts to go after smugglers," Suangsing said.

"Moreover, we are also continuously undergoing training programs for our operatives to keep them abreast with current trends in customs enforcement procedures," Suansing said.

Deputy Commissioner Peter Manzano of the Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG) and concurrent officer-in-charge of the Run After The Smugglers (RATS) program said that his department is studying measures to tighten the cases filed against smugglers.

"We will never allow smugglers to be a step ahead of us. Sooner or later, we will catch up with their illegal activities," Manzano said. (PNA) DCT/RMA/PTR/utb


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