BoC destroys P1.3B smuggled cigarettes, stamps in Pampanga

July 21, 2020
Arienito Antonio Claveria
Customs supervising officer Arienito Antonio Claveria pours water to smuggled tobacco products. Beside him (left) is Digama Waste Management Services president Robert Gaza. PHOTO BY BERNARD GALANG

PORAC, Pampanga – The Bureau of Customs Port of Aparri destroyed some P1.3 billion worth of smuggled cigarettes documentary stamps in a waste disposal facility in Barangay Mitla here last Monday.

Arienito Antonio Claveria, supervising customs operation officer, said the destroyed items were seized by the BoC in Alicia, Isabela last May 29 and 30.

Thousands of boxes of fake cigarettes labelled as Marloboro Blue, Marlboro Green, Fortune Blue, Marlboro Gold, Fort, Farstar, Marvel Red, Two Moon Premium, Twin Moon, Winston, tons of materials for manufacturing of cigarettes, P5,500 worth of Philippine Tax Stamps, and P6,000 worth of Foreign Tax Stamps were either soaked and shredded at the Digama Waste Management Services here.

The seized items were destroyed after nobody claimed ownership of the items pursuant to National revenue Code and Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco products.

It was learned that the seized products did not have import clearance.