BOC chief Biazon vows to smash supply chain of local drug rings

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Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon: A warning. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Citing the Bureau of Customs’ record drug haul of over P465.8 million last year, BOC Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has vowed to intensify further the agency’s campaign against narcotics smuggling by disrupting the supply chain of local drug syndicates, as well as the close monitoring of airport passengers for possible attempts to smuggle drugs into the country.

In a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Biazon said on Thursday that the BOC Task Force on Dangerous Drugs and Controlled Chemicals is “determined to do better than last year in order to make it more difficult and more costly for drug syndicates to conduct their illegal trade.”

The Department of Finance-attached agency will do its best to “disrupt the drug syndicates’ supply chain,” he disclosed.

“We will also work closely with other law enforcement agencies, such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, in catching local counterparts of international drug syndicates,” said Biazon.

According to the BOC head, “we are encouraged by our record drug-related apprehensions last year.”

“This is due mainly to the increased capability and skill of Customs personnel in detecting drug mules,” he noted.

During last week’s “Kapihan sa Aduana” media forum, held at the BOC headquarters in Manila, Major Rizalina Parong, task force executive director for operations, reported that in 2012, Customs operatives “confiscated 53.5 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu; 8.73 kilos of high-grade cocaine; 33.9 kilos of marijuana; 19 methylenedioxy methamphetamine tablets; 19 Alprazolam tablets; and six kilos of Piperonal,” among others.

The banned drugs, seized from at least 17 suspected drug mules at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, were worth P465,897,591.59.

Parong cited the “enhanced monitoring of airport arrivals, especially those coming from high-risk countries for illegal drugs, in compliance with Commissioner Biazon’s order to spare no one in the bureau’s campaign against illegal drugs.”

“There is now a shift in the modus operandi of drug syndicates – from the local manufacture of illegal drugs to the importation of the same banned items – due to the tightened anti-drug smuggling drive of the BOC at the country’s major ports,” she said.

Parong explained that “since laboratory equipment and chemicals used in the manufacture of illegal drugs can no longer pass through customs ports, drug syndicates have resorted to using drug mules in their operations.”

Another indication that law enforcement agencies are winning the war against drug syndicates is the “continued increase in drug prices,” observed Parong.

“From P8,000 per gram two years ago, shabu is sold at P11,000 to P12,000 per gram these days,” she said.

Earlier in a statement, Biazon said the BOC would “never allow any international drug trafficking syndicate from making the Philippines a transhipment point for illegal drugs, much more make the country one of their markets.”

Customs personnel “will at all times be on the watch for illegal drug smuggling attempts…We will not hesitate to prosecute all those involved in the illegal drug trade,” he also said.

For his part, BOC Deputy Commissioner Peter Manzano, also head of the bureau’s Run After the Smugglers program, said they would closely monitor the criminal cases filed by the agency against suspected drug mules, including Roendo Ariata.

On Jan. 8, Ariata was caught by alert Customs personnel at Naia Terminal 2 with 7 kilos of high-grade shabu concealed in several boxes of powdered milk stuffed in his luggage.

He was a passenger on Philippine Airlines flight no. 307 from Hong Kong.

The drug haul was worth at least P56 million, according to the Bureau of Customs.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    munggago amp… HOY hit mo muna yung collection target mo bago ka mag PROPAGANDA

    hayop!

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    taas pangarap. maglakad ka sa pier, customs ng naka civilian lang. makikita mo na mababa na ang 60% loss mo sa collection. o cya. magkano nga ba?

  • $23601969

    Smuggling at customs won’t end even if the country is in a crisis.   Hopeless.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Ruffy Biazon, just like his dad is all talk! Show us results, Ruffy! How long have you been BOC Commissioner? What have you accomplished? Now you understand why the president did not include you in his senatorial line-up?

    Ruffy is a med tech graduate. I wonder if he really can understand his job. He’d better shape up or ship out!

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Puro na lang pangako!!! Magtrabaho ka ng maging sulit naman ang pinasusuweldo sayo ng Bayan!!!

  • Guest

    No offense to Biazon, pero masyado pa syang totoy to be making such pronouncements. Marami na rin syang binitawang salita before, but none materialized. Bumalik na lang dapat si Biazon sa pagiging DJ, panalo ang jazz collection niya.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    pinaka maganda. imbistigahan lahat ng empleyado ng customs. including lifestyle check. death penalty kapag lumampas ng 10000 ang diprensya ng pagaari sa kita. kasi tax evader na… extortionist pa.

    game!

  • Paking

    Nakaka-bilib! Pero teka, bakit nakalusot si Ronald Singson sa airport na may dalang drug at sa Hongkong siya nahuli? Paki-paliwanag nga Ginoong Biazon!

  • vaporub123

    mas maganda kung ang sinasabi ay ginawa.magkakaiba ang nagpapapogi points sa mag kusang gumagawa ng hindi na sinasabi.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Samantala……..ang bulto bulto na prina process sa loob ng bansa ay siyang ikinakalat lalo ngayong may darating na halalan.    Diversionary tactic lang ng mga intsikato mga pinapahuli nila sa mga airports. 

  • ddano

    Veiled message to the drug smugglers to increase their …  “you no what”; malapit na elections, kaya kailangan lumikom ng panggastos. Saka pa-pogi na rin, bakit kailangan pang e-text sa Inquirer ang plano niya.

  • XY ZEE

    Libre nga namang managrap commissioner.

  • Jeff Clint

    Sorry po maiba ko lang po and topic.
    SA LEGAZPI CITY BULAG, PIPI AT BINGI ANG  MAYOR, GOVERNOR AT MGA KAPULISAN.
    HAYAG HAYAGAN DITO ANG JUETENG, SA CENTRO MISMO NG CIUDAD.
    To the mayor, to the Governor and to the police of Legazpi city here’s to you:
    llez tous vous faire foutre!

  • disqusted0fu

    Drugs is not the only problem that faces the BOC, corruption and smuggling has to be their biggest enemies. If there’s one department that should be hit hard by the anti corruption program, it’s the BOC. Unfortunately, the anti corruption program is only being used for propaganda, so the real corrupts just keep on going.

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