2 firms charged for alleged car smuggling

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2012 12:17 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2012 03:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through its Run After the Smugglers (RATS) program, filed smuggling charges against six persons before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly attempting to smuggle in assorted vehicles worth over P18 million.

Charged were JV&A Enterprises owner Alejandro Alberto Milanes of Bangkal, Davao City, and Cebu-based Total Golden Motor Care, Inc. officials Chui Myung Jong, president; Johanna A. Lariosa, secretary; and directors Lee Mee Lee, Felimer Lee and Godofredo Gimongala.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said the respondents attempted to smuggle in 23 assorted vehicles.

He bared Milanes' two container vans, which arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental way back in May and June 2011, were found to contain two Mercedez Benz automobiles, a Ford Explorer 4x4, a Dodge Durango, four Toyota Vitz, a Starex van, a Sorento, among others.

These vehicles, with an estimated total value of P13 million, were allegedly misdeclared as "used industrial equipment."

The case against the Cebu-based company, meantime, involves the discovery of nine imported vehicles, with a total cost of P5 million, parked at their office in barangay Mabolo.

The seizures of said vehicles were made by the BOC Enforcement Group.