Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon today ordered the seizure of 100 million-peso worth of high-end laptop computers at the Port of Manila (POM).
Commissioner Biazon said this 3,915 units of Asus-brand laptop computers came from China, stuffed in two container vans and misdeclared by the consignee, Orza Marketing, as computer parts.
In his report to Commissioner Biazon, Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Horacio Suansing, Jr. said his office thru the Operations and Intelligence Office (OIO) initiated the operation due to misdeclaration and gross undervaluation of the said shipment, a clear violation of Section 2530 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP).
“Let this serve as a warning to all those who think they can get away with their illegal activities at the bureau. We shall not waver in our anti-smuggling campaign and we will eventually catch up with your illegal activities,” Biazon said.
Joining Commissioner Biazon and Deputy Commissioner Suansing in the media presentation was Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim of the Intelligence Group.
“We will not treat you with kid gloves. We will not treat those who willfully rob the Filipino people and their government gently. To those who get their way through bribery and inducement, don’t even think about it,” Lim said, adding that “The Arroyo government and the corrupt few in the military, which I have fought against, failed to seduce me with money or favor, so will you.”
For his part, Deputy Commissioner Suansing said both IG and EG are working hand in hand by providing intelligence and logistical support to all operating units working under their respective organizations. Jessil A. Felisario, Public Information & Assistance Division, Bureau of Customs (BOC)