MANILA - A parcel declared containing a cellphone yielded around $12,000 cash, a Customs official told ABS-CBN News Wednesday.
Airport Customs official Carmelita Talusan said the parcel from Arkansas in the United States was consigned to an individual in Pasay City.
The cash was wrapped with an aluminum foil in an effort to escape detection.
The money was confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Talusan reminded the public that Bangko Sentral ng Philippines, the country's central bank, requires financial declarations from all persons bringing in or sending out foreign currencies.
BOC said it will file formal charges against the unidentified owner of the parcel. - report from Raoul Esperas