Customs employees, import firms face smuggling raps


Posted at Jul 05 2019 07:52 PM

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday filed before the Department of Justice smuggling charges against 3 of its employees and 9 importers for allegedly violating customs laws.

The BOC said in a statement that 9 officers of Orophil Shipping International Co. Inc. and MMD Logistics Inc. are facing criminal charges over the allegedly illegal release of shipments of “ship spares in transit” at the Port of Manila.

The officers were identified as Tomas Orola, Gilray Romero Torres, Elizabeth Salabas, Juan Orola, Myra Mendoza Doce, John Derick Mendoza, John Adam Derain, Cyril Go, and Eliseo Montances.

Customs Broker Lorenz Mangaliman and BOC employees Mimosa Maghanoy and Gliceria Umandap were also charged.

The BOC said the respondents were involved in multiple illegal releases of shipments at the Manila port from March 28, 2018 to August 6, 2018. A total of 641 containers filled with ship spares were reportedly transported by Orophil and released by Maghanoy.

The suspects were charged with violating the customs and tariff administration law.