Customs probes unauthorized release of undervalued goods

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2018 09:19 AM | Updated as of Dec 15 2018 11:08 AM

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs said Thursday it was investigating the unauthorized pull-out of 105 misdeclared containers at Manila port.

The containers filled with agricultural products, lumber and ceramic tiles from China were supposed to be held in the Port of Manila due to undervaluation, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said.

Customs officials who signed the release order for the containers were temporarily relieved from their posts, Lapeña said.

The officials denied their involvement in the unauthorized pull-out of the containers, and said their signatures were forged, he said.

Lapeña said grave misconduct and smuggling cases would be filed against at least 3 Customs officials should it be proven that they authorized the release of the shipment.

- report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News