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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Fake phonecards in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Task Force Subic (TFS) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Subic Bay Freeport foiled recently an attempt to smuggle fake Smart Buddy prepaid cellular phonecards valued at R30 million from abroad.

The feat was reported in a conference between Jose M. Calimlim, TFS chief, and Subic Freeport Customs District Collector Andres Salvacion.

Salvacion said the joint team led by Erlinda Pasco intercepted the shipment of 100,000 pieces of prepaid phonecards at the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA).

The shipment — in four packages weighing 60 kilos each — arrived on board a Federal Express cargo plane from Hong Kong and was declared as plastic labels by the consignee identified only as a certain "Roy" of 10 Happy Valley Homes, Dinalupihan, Bataan.

Probers said the multimillion peso fake phonecard shipment was declared at US$25 (R1,400) only.

A subsequent inventory showed that the fake phonecards were in R300 denomination and valued at R30 million.

Calimlim told a radio interview that the shipment was the second interception the team made in the past two months.

He said the first was 200,000 pieces of Smart Buddy prepaid phonecards which were declared as chemicals to avoid detection.

Salvacion has issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment while Calimlim has invited Roy to shed light in the investigation. (Sel A. Baysa)


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