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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Customs charges 12 for smuggling clothes in Subic

"The cargo was monitored Oct. 13 on board Fesco Trader in a 40-footer container van consigned to Limech, Subic Bay Free Port Zone."
The Bureau of Customs has filed two separate criminal cases against 12 people over the smuggling of garments at the Port of Manila three months ago.

Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales said the first case was filed against Chou Fang Kuen, Alamco Lorin, Raquel Quintana, Priscilla Torres and Emelita Odina, all officers of Limech Garment Manufacturing Corp., and broker Gilbert de Castro.

They were allegedly involved in the smuggling of P10 million worth of clothes last October.

“The modus operandi of the group is to use our country as transshipment point of China-made garments for export to the United States,” said Morales, noting that the documents made it appear that the items were made in the Philippines.

Operatives of the Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group under Deputy Commissioner Reynaldo Nicolas received information on Oct. 9 that a shipment of garments from Shanghai, China, would arrive in Manila but was intended to land in the Port of Subic.

The cargo was monitored Oct. 13 on board Fesco Trader in a 40-footer container van consigned to Limech at 38 Golden Future Street, Lot 65-A, Subic Bay Industrial Park, Phase I, Subic Bay Free Port Zone.

Morales said the 100 percent examination was witnessed by representatives from the United States Customs and Border Protection in the Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry. He added the findings confirmed the violation stated in the alert order.

The other criminal case was against Young Chan An, Alberto Ortilla, Remedios del Valle, Lourdes Padilla and a certain Park, all officers of Shin Yang Brokerage, and broker Vilma Evangelista.

The six were responsible for the smuggling 73 bales of used clothing worth P400,000.

Customs legal service director Reynaldo Umali said at least 28 cases are pending with 147 respondents for various violations of the tariff and customs code.
Joel E. Zurbano - Manila Standard Today


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