By Betheena Unite
Sugar and cigarette traders were slapped with criminal charges as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling cases against them before the Department of Justice Friday.
A criminal charge was filed against Amulet Supply Chain Corporation’s incorporator/president, Evelio Gelleposo and its customs broker, Gary Villa for allegedly importing cigarettes from Korea through the Manila International Container Port.
According to the bureau, the boxes of cigarettes were found in the innermost portion of the 40-foot container during the examination.
The smuggled cigarettes were estimated to have a total dutiable value of P1,248,676.27 and an aggregate value including customs duties, fees, and taxes in the amount of P7,718,797.27.
The owner of JRFP International Trading, Jun Rey Pabello and customs broker, Danilo Go, Jr., were also charged due to alleged importation of smuggled Thai refined sugar, which was originally declared as floor mats and plastic floor covering.
It has an estimated dutiable value of P22,630,400 and an aggregate value including duties and taxes of P38,589,358.1.
JRFP International Trading and its customs broker, the bureau stressed, violated Sections 1400 and 1401 of the Republic Act 10863 or the CustomsModernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), in relation to Section 3 of RA 10845 otherwise known as “An Act Declaring Large-Scale Agricultural Smuggling as Economic Sabotage.”
Amulet Supply, on the other hand, was charged due to violation of Sections 1400, 1401, 117, and 1430 of the CMTA.