Port of Clark turns over seized gambling paraphernalia to Pagcor

Published September 25, 2020, 7:13 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark turned over various poker chips and other gambling paraphernalia which were either forfeited or abandoned to Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), officials said Friday.

These shipments include seven packages of mahjong sets, two packages of poker chips; and a small package of gambling paraphernalia which were all covered by warrants of seizure and detention (WSD) and abandonment proceedings (APs). They were all seized and forfeited for violation of Section 119 (b) of the R.A. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

In a statement, District Collector Ruby Alameda said the Port of Clark will remain steadfast in enforcing customs laws and regulations and in apprehending shipments that violate the CMTA. She likewise said coordination with other regulating agencies will be strengthened to barricade the borders against prohibited and restricted shipments without permit.

The turnover of the restricted goods was made pursuant to Section 1147 (b) of the CMTA (disposition of gambling outfits, apparatus, paraphernalia).

Present at the turnover rites were Alameda, BOC-Clark deputy collectors, Pagcor Senior Security Officer Mark Oliver Dela Cuesta, Legal Officer Dianne Dimaliwat, and Senior Treasury Head Freddie Briones.