By Betheena Unite
Abandoned and forfeited shipments of firearms and accessories at the Port of Clark were recently turned over to the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Customs said Saturday.
The various abandoned and forfeited items, according to the bureau, contained 17 pieces of riflescopes, four pieces front and four pieces rear sights, telescopic sights, airsoft Knights SR-16 Carbines, 10 pieces Kevlar helmets, breast plates, eight cans of pellets and gun magazines, bullet proof vests and assorted gun parts.
The restricted goods were transferred to the custody of the police on Thursday as they are the agency mandated to carry out the disposition of the shipments under the Section 1147 (a) of Republic Act 10863 known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
According to District Collector Ruby Alameda, the shipments were covered by warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) and abandonment proceedings (AP).
“These were seized and forfeited for lack of Authority to Import from PNP-Firearms and Explosives Office, a violation of Section 117 of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10863 (CMTA) and R.A. No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act,” Alameda said.
“The Port of Clark will relentlessly enforce customs rules and regulations and will remain steadfast in apprehending shipments that violate the CMTA,” the district collector added.