JOINT operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday arrested the owner of a BoC-accredited condemnation facility for “re-selling” used clothing back into the market.
BoC-Manila International Container Port (MICP) district collector and spokesman, Atty. Erastus Sandino ‘Dino’ Austria, in a report to Comm. Jagger Guerrero, said the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and the NBI apprehended Francis Lesaca, the registered owner of ‘EPY ECO Condemnation Facility’ located at Metrowarehouse Center in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
An estimated P1 million worth of used clothing were seized from the property which were originally intended for condemnation.
However, intelligence reports reaching Guerrero claimed Lesaca has been reselling the seized goods to interested buyers.
On taking office last October 2018, one of Guerrero’s first acts was to no longer send representatives from his office to supervise the condemnation of goods at BoC-listed facilities.
Asked by this writer at that time how he would prevent the seized goods from finding their way back into the local market, Guerrero smiled and said he has his “own way” of dealing with the matter.
“I have my own way of solving problems but I cannot tell you for the time being,” the customs chief replied back then.
Austria said Guerrero authorized the entrapment operation with the NBI’ Special Action Unit (SAU) thru a ‘Letter of Authority’ (LOA) and a ‘Mission Order’ (MO).