MANILA, Philippines – Boxes of smuggled Peking duck and pigeon meat from China were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs at the Port of Manila on Thursday.
The smuggled meat was concealed inside a container van that was supposed to contain fish.
“Sa unang bukas niyo, mackerel ang naandoon sa harapan pero ang nasa loob ay Peking duck at pigeon,” said Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.
The Bureau of Customs admits finding difficulty in identifying the personalities behind the shipment but they said the consignees in Manila will be charged with misdeclaration.
Biazon said Customs expect more smuggled goods as the Christmas season nears.
“’Yung panahon natin, ang Christmas season, malakas ang consumption ng ating mamamayan kaya expected namin ang ganitong klaseng shipment na pumapasok sa ating bansa,” he said.
The goods, estimated to worth P40 million, will be disposed as they may affect the local market.
“Kapag nag-flood sa market ang Peking duck, apektado ang duck raisers natin sa Pateros at sa Batangas,” said Atty. Lourdes Mangaoan, head of Customs X-ray Inspection Project.
Authorities also said they cannot guarantee the meat’s safety because it was not accredited by the Food and Drug Administration. -- Report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News