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PH police chief urged for stricter customs control

PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa

PHILIPPINE National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa urged the Bureau of Customs to continue with their tough campaign against smuggling as it is one of the effective tools against criminality.

“We encourage everybody to fight criminality, drugs and corruption and support the campaign of President (Rodrigo) Duterte and continue the mission whatever it takes,” Bato said during a meeting with BoC officials early Monday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport shortly before he welcomed the President who arrived from a three-country tour of the middle east.

At the same time, Dela Rosa received from customs officials four US-made Kriss Vector submachine guns and two pieces of lower receiver firearm assembly that were seized in the country’s premier airport last year.

The turned over firearms, were seized last August by the BoC after arriving from the United States for lack of documentation.

Customs District III Collector Edgar Macabeo said the firearms arrived on board an Eva Air flight under Airway Bill No. 695-4816-3765. He added that it was consigned to the PNP through Stone of David Tactical Equipment Company (Sodtec) but was placed under alert status because it came without the necessary import permit.

Macabeo explained that the firearms were later seized after Sodtec, the ultimate consignee of the shipment, failed to comply with the additional requirements required by PNP for the authority to import.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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