Customs bureau files smuggling raps vs illegal importers of DVDs, laptops


MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) smuggling complaint against two traders and brokers in connection with an attempt to smuggle into the country P18-million worth of illegally imported Digital Video Discs (DVD), laptops and cell-phone accessories and unidentified chemicals.

Facing complaint for violation of the Tariffs and Customs Code and Republic Act 9239 or the Optical Media Act of 2003 are Zachris General Merchandise Attorney-in-fact Daribeth Sevillano of Mabolo, Cebu City, together with her company’s licensed Customs broker Joseph Spencer R. Lopez.

Based on the complaint, they failed to produce the required Optical Media Board permit for their 20-footer container van importation of 1,200 cartons of DVD-Rs worth eight (8) million pesos.

Also facing similar complaint is Richflow Trading owner Crisanto Caldozo Jr., and his licensed Customs broker Janet Jackelou R. Coriga for their part after customs officials discovered that their 40-footer container van shipment of 88,750 pieces of DVDs, music DVDs, 103,800 pieces of assorted cell phone and laptop accessories, unidentified chemicals and other goods worth P10 million were misdeclared as housewares.

Records showed that the smuggling attempts which were made in the Ports of Cebu and the Manila International Container Port in March this year.

Zachris’ shipment arrived at the Port of Cebuon March 3, 2012, while Richflow’s shipment arrived at the MICP on March 31, 2012.

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  • generalproblem

    ok para matigil na yan sampolan na yang mga yan bitayin sa plaza

  • laudkendaya

    bayad na media..balitang galing sa tebol ni kumisyoner..eto maliwanag na halimbawa ng tangengot na reporter…tip ko sa yo, yung libo-libong container na inilalabas kagaya ng PUREGOLD ang gawin mong scoop, otherwise magpulis ka na lang, mas malakas kotong

  • MangDolphy

    Dapat siguro bantayan kung saan man nakalagak itong mga container vans na ito. Delikado kasi baka maubos ang laman. Baka pag bukas nila ulit ilang pirasong DVD na lang ang laman. Kung yong mahigit dalawang daan na container vans nga nawala ito pa kaya. Baka naman iba si Biazon at Gen. Lim. Siya nawa.

  • Mr. B. S.

    Wala yan, barya yan. look at agricultural products, marami ng imported.puro smuggled pa.paano na kaming mahihirap na magsasaka? makonsyensya naman kayo.Pantawid gutom na lang ang kinikita namin.

  • redkinoko

    I love the effort being done to reform the current customs department. 

  • IanAlera

    BOYCOTT EVERYTHING made in China – people, products, language. —

    IMPLEMENT strict inspection of china goods, coming into our ports.
    IMPRISON smugglers of china goods.
    BAN chinese language in public schools.
    Boycott chinese tv shows

    People let us fight back, and take control of our economy from these chinese. —

    BUY LOCAL, support local industries. The Philippine government should make it a priority to source primarily from Philippine suppliers, and from friendly countries.

  • Cho

    Nice…Madami dyan..Halughugin nyo lahat para pantay lahat…..

  • marivon

    Please sustain the effort; our country needs it.

  • Josephus

    Good work! Keep it up!

  • Chris

    This may not be significant.. but it’s a good start to fight smuggling.

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