P16 million worth of smuggled onions seized at Manila port

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2018 05:41 PM

Authorities seized P16 million worth of red onions smuggled from China at the Manila International Container Port. Handout

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs on Friday seized P16 million worth of red onions at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

In a statement, the bureau said the onions were a shipment of ASD Total Package Enterprises Inc. from China and were misdeclared as fresh apples. 

Earlier this month, P12 million worth of onions from the same consignee and also misdeclared as apples were seized by the MICP. 

The consignee will face a criminal complaint for violating the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, while the owner and signing customs broker will face charges for violating the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. 

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena, meanwhile, said he will order the donation of several seized goods to victims of Typhoong Ompong, which ravaged northern Luzon last weekend.

These include 109 packages of emergency survival blanket, 153 packages of mask, 350 boxes of blankets and towel, 1,332 boxes of clothes, and 6,921 bags of glutinous rice from the Port of Zamboanga.