6 charged for smuggling

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Thursday filed smuggling charges against six individuals before the Department of Justice (DoJ) as part of its continuing effort to combat all forms of smuggling under Comm. Rey Leonardo ‘Jagger’ Guerrero.

In a statement, the bureau said the first case involves Agustin Esguerra, owner of consignee, Pulilan Motors Truck Rebuilding Center, and his Licensed Customs broker, Tomas James Y. Delos Santos.

They were accused of trying to smuggle into the country, one unit of Bentley Continental GT car and one unit used Hino truck through misdeclaration.

The second case involves Gianmarco Macaluso who was caught with several pieces of “fake” ‘Rolex’ watches at the Clark International Airport on his arrival from Singapore last February 5.

Also charged, this time for drug smuggling, were importers, Jeffrey Samson and Edgar Valencia and their broker Jenilie Gacutan, for their foiled attempt to bring in 913 grams of shabu declared as “baby clothes” and another  shipment of 2,092 grams of shabu delared as “8 sauce.”

Marcelino Rotea, for his part was also charged for drug smuggling involving more than 3 kilos of marijuana declared as “pasta sauce” consigned to  Mario Jamoroa of Navotas City.

Guerrero placed the value of the apprehended contrabands at more than P46,419,561.64.

“There will be no stopping us, we will be relentless, there will never be an end to our battle against those violating customs laws, Guerrero said.