THE Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 2 confiscated some 56 pieces of live Iguana brought in by a Filipino traveler from Bangkok, Thailand early yesterday morning on a Philippine Airlines flight.
According to BoC-NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan, the two pieces of luggage of Filipino passenger Neil Ryan Dysoco were marked X and he was instructed to proceed to the examiner’s lane for verification of his baggage.
Upon examination in front of Dysoco, his luggage yielded some 56 Iguana, 5 of which were already dead. The Iguana were placed inside black socks while the rest were placed inside a bottled water container to mislead customs X-ray operatives and examiners.
RA 9147 Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act states that any individual must secure a permit to bring out or import wildlife species.
No person or entity shall be allowed possession of wildlife unless such person or entity can prove financial and technical capability and facility to maintain the animals, said DENR Agent Arnel Mataro assigned at the NAIA.
He also said that the Iguana will be brought to the rescue center in Quezon City for rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the BoC-NAIA seized some 1,269 pieces of Ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands.
Talusan said the 1,269 pieces of Ecstasy were found by alert customs examiners at the Central Mail Exchange Center in a package declared as “light box” containing three self-sealing plastic bags from the Netherlands sent by a certain G. Voothuzen.