Customs examiners Princess Atienza and Jamal Ramos show the $60,000 they confiscated from arriving passenger Abdulaziz Mosaed Alhomoud. Photo by Raoul Esperas for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Customs personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 held an arriving Arabian man for smuggling into the country $60,000 dollars concealed in his hand-carry luggage.
Customs examiners Princess Atienza and Jamal Ramos said Abdulaziz Mosaed Alhomoud, an arriving passenger of Saudi Airlines Flight SV865 from Dammam, Saudi Arabia violated the Anti-Money Laundering Act and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas policy limiting all passengers to carry only a maximum of $10,000.
According to the examiners, they noticed that Mosaed was "uneasy" when he went through the Customs examination lane which they were manning at the time.
Mosaed presented his passport and Customs declaration form to the examiners and when asked, he replied that he had nothing to declare.
Seeing his uneasy demeanor while clutching his hand carry luggage, the examiners subjected the hand carry bag to an examination where they discovered a brown envelope containing bundles of US dollars.
Mosaed said he was only carrying $40,000 but a thorough examination revealed that the envelope contained six bundles of $10,000 each.
Customs will confiscate the $50,000 and the remaining $10,000 will be returned to the passenger, the examiners said. The confiscated money will be stored at the Customs vault for safekeeping.
Mosaed, a businessman, admitted it was his money which he intended to use for his vacation in the country, and said he did not know that carrying such an amount of money would violate Philippine laws.
"I’m here for vacation and that is only my pocket money," Mosaed said. - Report from Raoul Esperas