BOC files charges against Vespa smuggler Fabian Go of Granstar and rice smuggler Leoncio Mangubat of 7 Myth
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges against two importers and customs brokers for gross undervaluation of imports and large-scale agricultural smuggling.
BOC filed separate cases on Monday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against two companies, namely Granstar Premiere Sports Corporation and Seven Myth Marketing.
The first smuggling complaint involved Granstar’s shipments of 112 units of brand new Vespa scooters from Singapore which arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Customs chief Isidro Lapeña said Fabian A. Go, the owner and major stockholder of Granstar Premiere Sports Corporation and customs broker Norinel O. Quezana who processed the importation of the subject illegal shipments, were charged wuth violation of sections 2503 (Undervaluation, Misclassification, Misdeclaration in Entry), 3602 (Various Fraudulent Practices against Customs Revenue), 3601 (Unlawful Importation) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP), and article 172 (Falsification by Private Individuals and Use of Falsified Documents) of the Revised Penal Code.
The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) operatives who conducted the examination on September 17, 2014 of the subject containers, the $50,400 or P2,504,128 total declared value of the imported goods was “considerably lower” compared to the $3,448.24 per unit actual value of the goods.
Based on the complaint-affidavit, the declared value of the shipments plus duties and taxes amount to only P3,647,770, but based on the value provided by the Import Assessment Service (IAS) on January 26, 2015, the actual dutiable value of the shipments plus duties and taxes amount to P28,297,167.46 or a staggering 87 percent discrepancy in value.
“Proceedings followed and finally on July 28, 2017, the Port’s District Collector ordered the forfeiture of the subject shipment,” Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) Executive Director Lawyer Yasser Ismail Abbas said.
He noted that the said shipments arrived at Subic on January 22, 2014 and entries were only filed by September 2014.
In the rie smuggling ase, Leoncio Victor S. Mangubat, the registered owner of Seven Myth Marketing, Manila and customs broker Mary Faith D. Miro were charged for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Good Declaration), in relation to Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation or Exportation) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 (Falsification by Private Individuals and Use of Falsified Documents) of the Revised Penal Code.
The smuggling charge involved two shipments from China consigned to Seven Myth Marketing which arrived at the Port of Cebu on November 27 and 29, 2017.
The consignee declared the two shipments as ceramic tiles but was found to contain 7,150 sacks of 50 kilograms Sinandomeng Aguila and Sinandomeng Mayon rice with estimated duties and taxes of P10,013,503.50.
The consignee imported 15 containers but it was discovered during the examination that only one container actually contained ceramic tiles.
The shipments were alerted on December 7, 2017 based on the derogatory information received by the Bureau and was subsequently seized on December 13, 2017.
Since the value of the shipments is P10 million, the consignee and broker were likewise charged for economic sabotage for large-scale agricultural smuggling under R.A. 10845 or the CMTA.
“We will make sure that importers and brokers blatantly violating Customs rules and regulations will face legal action and revocation of Customs accreditation. I have given BATAS Executive Director Lawyer Yasser Ismail Abbas strict instructions to go hard on smugglers and intensify the filing of cases against them, big or small,” Lapeña declared. (PNA)