By Benjie Lim Vergara
THE Bureau of Customs on Friday has prevented two policemen from China from bringing out of the country a total 1.9 kilos of gold items due to the absence of a clearance from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Bureau of Customs (BoC) District III Collector Carmelita Talusan said the Chinese policemen Yang Jie and Shi Senlin need to secure a permit or clearance from the BSP before they will be allowed to bring out the gold items from the country.
The policemen, who were also escorting eight Chinese deportees, had the gold items in their carry-on bags when it was discovered by BoC personnel manning the security x-ray at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2. The gold items were wrapped with transparent plastic and placed inside a carton box.
The gold items consists of 9 gold coins (with different animal design), one piece of Elizabeth II, a US$100 gold coin, two pieces of gold bars AU 999.9, two pieces of 500 CTF/999.9 gold bars and six pieces of gold bracelets.
The Chinese policemen claimed that the gold items belonged to China and were brought to the Philippines illegally by the Chinese deportees. They, however, failed to produce any documentation for the gold.
Talusan said it was Customs on duty supervisor Charlon Tejada stopped the Chinese police officers.
Tejada said the gold items was temporarily placed under the BoC custody pending the presentation of a BSP permit. The customs officer also said they issued a “held baggage receipt” to Chinese police officers.
The Chinese policemen and the deportees were then allowed to go on with their journey sans the gold.
Under Section 117 of the Regulated Importation and Exportation of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act R.A. 10863, it is illegal to bring out gold from the country without a BSP clearance.