BOC stakeholders, customs employees face smuggling raps

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The Bureau of Customs on Friday filed before the Department of Justice smuggling charges against an importer, freight forwarder, two customs employees and a customs broker for violation of Customs laws.

Sued were incorporators and principal officers of Orophil Shipping International Co., Inc., and the MMD Logistics, Inc., namely Tomas N. Orola, Gilray Romeo Torres, Elizabeth O. Salabas, Juan N. Orola, Myra Mendoza Doce, John Derick B. Mendoza, John Adam Derain, Cyril I. Go, Eliseo Montances, and Customs Broker Lorenz V. Mangaliman.

They were charged for their alleged role in the illegal release of shipments of “ship spares in transit” at the Port of Manila – Informal Entry Division in 2018 which is a violation of Section 1401 and Section 1403 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Also charged were Customs employees, Mimosa Maghanoy and Gliceria Umandap, who were also allegedly involved in the aforesaid unlawful release. They shall likewise be charged with violations of Section 1431 (d) (e) and (f) of the CMTA in addition to the above-offenses.

A total of 641 containers of “ship spares in transit” were consigned to Orophil, and were manually released by Maghanoy for the period of March 28 to August 6, 2018, which involved 369 bills of lading.

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