Five Dubai-bound passengers were intercepted Saturday night at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 after their carry-on luggage yielded P2.4 million in cash.
Anthony Relucio, shift supervisor of the Bureau of Customs at the airport, said the suspects introduced themselves as businessmen traveling to Dubai for vacation.
The suspects were intercepted by personnel at the final security screening. It was not explained how they were able to elude the initial security x-ray at the entrance of Terminal 3.
Relucio said that an amount of P50,000 each was returned to the five suspects because it is the amount allowed for a departing tourist.
He added that the remaining amount will be confiscated by Customs and eventually undergo seizure proceedings.
The suspects were barred from boarding their flight to Dubai. A Customs police officer read to them their Miranda rights after the 5-hour inventory by the Customs bureau.
They will be charged at the Pasay Prosecutors Office for violation of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Circular No. 922, or cross border transfer of local and foreign currency, and Section 101 of the Customs Modernization Tariff Act, a bailable offense.
One of the suspects said he wasn't aware that they were violating the law.
The suspects have been taken into custody by Customs police for proper documentation and filing of appropriate charges.