THE Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Customs-NAIA continue to be on their toes amid the pandemic.
With their operations resulting in apprehension this past week, both bureaus have shown that they continue protecting our country and citizens by keeping a watchful eye on the illegal entry of items and persons who may pose danger here.
BoC-NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan and her team confiscated a parcel at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.
Misdeclared as "Streetwear via Ebay" and consigned to an individual from Pangasinan and from California, USA, the parcel, as it turned out, contained high-grade marijuana or ‘kush’ with an estimated street value of P1.5 million at its minimum and weighing 940 grams.
Tests were conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and confirmed that it was indeed high-grade marijuana, so that the parcel was seized.
Coll. Talusan said that the Port of NAIA has stepped up its efforts to combat the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country, as some think they have let their guards down in the wake of the pandemic.
On the contrary, she said that enhanced risk cargo targeting, K-9 dog sweeping and intensified x-ray examination in all passenger terminals and cargo warehouses have in fact been increased all the more, along with the partnership between the BOC and PDEA.
Via renewed its partnership, intelligence sharing and coordination between the two agencies, Coll. Talusan assures that the Port of NAIA’s vigilance will not be diminished one bit.
Similarly vigilant is the fugitive search unit of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) headed by Bobby Raquepo.
Teaming up with the equally hardworking and highly-efficient PBGen Vicente Danao, Jr. Regional Director of PRO-4A, Raquepo announced the successful arrest of Pakistani-Japanese national Yamamoto Muhammad Sattar, 51.
Raquepo and Danao jointly workd on the arrest of Sattar in Taytay, Rizal. This feat is significant specially since records show that Sattar had been hiding in the country for he is ‘wanted’ in Pakistan for the murder of a certain Arsian Younis, in violation of the Pakistan Penal Code.
His arrest was by virtue of an arrest warrant issued on June 22, 2016 against him by Faiz Ahmed Ranjha of the Magistrate Section 30 in Sheikhupura, Pakistan.
While hiding here in the country, Sattar committed another infraction of the law and was in fact facing charges of ‘acts of lasciviousness.’
Clearly, the continued presence of this alien in the country poses a great risk to public safety and security and his arrest is laudable.
The arrest of Sattar is just the latest addition in the long list of commendable operations conducted by Raquepo and his team against foreigners who think they can use the Philippines as a ‘hiding place’ after they have committed crimes in their own country.
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