By Benjamin Lim Vergara
THE Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday has turned over about 120 boxes of abandoned clothes and pillows, bedding and blankets to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for use of Typhoon Ompong victims.
BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the items and personal effects came from delayed luggage of passengers, who arrived earlier at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from abroad. He added that some passengers have abandoned the items since they did not claim it despite the several notices sent to them by the bureau.
Perlita Panganiban of the DSWD disaster response assistance management said the clothing would be disseminated mostly to the 43,072 families in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that were affected by the typhoon.
Lapeña said the released of assorted items is in compliance to President Duterte’s directives to give the seized clothing to the typhoon victims.
Meanwhile, the BOC also turned over a mangrove snake to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as cocaine, shabu, and kush marijuana to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Customs officials said the live mangrove snake or gold-ringed snake was intended for export to Taiwan when intercepted.
According to a website, the Boiga dendrophila, commonly called the mangrove snake or gold-ringed cat snake, is a specie of rear-fangedcolubrid from southeast Asia. It is one of the biggest cat snake species, averaging six to eight feet in length. It is considered mildly venomous.
Furthermore, the BOC said some PhP850,000 worth of marijuana leaves, PhP1.434 million worth of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and PhP12.345 million worth of suspected cocaine were turned over to the PDEA.
The marijuana, which was concealed in a portable heater, was consigned to a certain Raven Delosa from Quezon City came from United States.
The shabu, which came from the United Kingdom, was declared as baby dress and birthday card, and consigned to Joy Bido Mariel of Dasmariñas, Cavite. Mariel was later arrested on September 22.
The cocaine, which was declared a supplementary sheet, came from Sao Paolo, Brazil was consigned to Johnmel Natividad of Caloocan City.
Talusan said, to date, Port of NAIA has a record-breaking of 27 drug busts in span of six months from April to October 2018 and has been hitting and exceeding their revenue collection target for the months of May to September 2018.