BOC’s anti-smuggling drive scores first win


MANILA, Philippines–The Bureau of Customs’ Run After The Smugglers has secured a first conviction when the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) convicted a trader who misdeclared his vehicle shipment as replacement parts.

RATS has filed over 20 complaints with the Department of Justice.

In a decision dated Dec. 12 but released to the public Tuesday, the Tax Court convicted Roell Paquit Sayson, guilty of violation of Section 3601, in relation to Section 2530, paragraphs f, l (3), (4) and (5) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

The accused was meted a penalty of not less than eight years and one day, to 12 years imprisonment, and to pay a fine of P 8,000.00.

Sayson’s estimated taxes and duties due to the government is P1,779,770.61.

O Feb. 7, 2008, the Customs Bureau discovered that Sayson declared a shipment on board the vessel S/S Maas Trader as declared used truck replacement parts but actually contained six units of Kia Sportage and three units of Hyundai Galloper.

These were found to have been prohibited importation under Section 3 of Executive Order No. 156 and relevant customs laws, rules and regulations.

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  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    at last may nahatulan din… kaya lang gastos pa rin yan pag nasa kulungan dapat diyan ay ipakain kay lolong sa agusan …

  • phantomofhope

    ganun lang??? we want convictions for corrupt employees in BOC!

  • Pert Cabatana

    any small success is much welcome. But we do want to see more and bigger successes. In addition to convicting and sending to prison of the smugglers, there must be convictions and sending to jail of the “facilitators” and “enablers” both inside and outside the BOC. I know they have a vast and a very well-entrenched network, so the more that we need the public to continue supporting the efforts of PNoy and Commisioner Biazon.

  • nardong_tutpik

    Tanggalin nyo security of tenure ng mga BOC employees and retire out the corrupt and non performing employees para kahit hindi convicted eh magawan na ng paraan ang paglinis sa BOC.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    a very good start..yung malalaki nman next, peanut lang to..mas maganda pati taga custom makulong..wag nyo bawiin yung pera nila basta makulong lang sila ok na

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      oo nga, yung nag smagul at yung tomolung.

  • Romeo


  • Your_King

    After 3 years under the Aquino Administration has the BOC finally boasted of an achievement? Its already known that smuggling in the Philippines has been at its highest during Aquino’s term.

  • disqusted0fu

    Finally! A conviction from the BOC! one down, many to go! the next one might be after another 3 years…

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