Smuggled rice, cigarettes worth P12M from Malaysia seized
The Bureau of Customs (BoC) had seized smuggled rice and cigarettes worth P11.8 million from Malaysia.
A report from Manila Bulletin showed that the imported goods were caught in Pagadian City and in Tungawan, Sibugay province during a “lightning strike” raid.
According to BoC Zamboanga City District Collector Segundo Barte, Jr., the confiscated items include 9,000 bags of imported rice and about 6,150 reams of imported cigarettes.
“Our composite team, composed of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel, policemen arrived at the site while they were unloading the imported rice and when asked about their importation clearance, the boat captain could not show to them,” Barte said in the report.
“Their failure to show their importation clearance meant that they did not have the necessary papers for the importation of rice coming from other country,” he further said.