What happens to seized ukay-ukay, firecrackers?

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2014 07:22 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2014 03:22 AM

MANILA - What does the Bureau of Customs do with seized firecrackers and used clothes?

On Friday, Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jesse Dellosa showed media some P24 million worth of smuggled firecrackers and another P10 million worth of used clothes or "ukay-ukay."

A warehouse in Tondo housed the firecrackers, which were recently apprehended.

Dellosa said the boxes were labeled "Made in China" but the contents were labeled "Made in Bulacan."

Dellosa theorized the firecrackers are really made in China but repackaged as coming from Bulacan to make it appear these are made locally.

The shipment was in 6 container vans. Dellosa said the bureau is now investigating the consignee.

"Meron nang na-issue warrant of seizure and detention issued by COM and Manila International Container Port. Magkaka-hearing ulit," he said.

The shipment will stay at the warehouse pending investigation.

The Customs officials said they have recommended that the shipment be eventually destroyed.

Separately, Dellosa showed media boxes of smuggled used clothes or ukay-ukay that are now stored in the BOC.

The boxes belong to a shipment of some 800 boxes with a combined value of as much as P10 million.

The bureau is thinking of donating the used clothes to those in need.

The boxes are supposed to be part of the same shipment that was apprehended in Pasig.

Dellosa initially planned to bring the media to the warehouses in Pasig and Parañaque where the used clothes are stored but opted to show the boxes in the bureau instead due to time constraints.

"Di lang ito warehouse napadlock namin. Meron pang dalawa. Isa sa Pasig at Paranaque, mga ukay-ukay. Umaabot 800 boxes of ukay-ukay. Bawal iyan. Alam natin galing sa abroad ini-import sa atin. Illegal used clothing," he said.