Trader, broker charged for smuggling P40M fireworks

Posted at 05/17/12 3:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice against a trader and broker who illegally imported P40 million worth of fireworks.

A case was filed against Wilfredo Ong Lapuz, owner of Grinderstone International Trading, and his customs broker Paul Noriel Alcantara, for smuggling four 20-footer container vans containing fireworks at the Manila port last November. The vans were declared as "tissue, switch, shower curtains and faucets."

"This shall serve as a warning to all smugglers that their days are numbered, especially those involved in the illegal importation of goods which may pose danger to public health and safety, smugglers would soon realize that the BOC is not the place for them to be," said Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

Deputy Commissioner Peter M. Manzano said the BOC's Run After The Smugglers group has filed a total of 32 cases under Biazon.