2 charged for trying to smuggle P5-M submarine
MANILA, Philippines - A Caloocan City-based trader and his customs broker are in hot water for attempting to smuggle a P5-million recreational submarine from South Korea.
The Bureau of Customs charged trader Roberto M. Navarra and licensed customs broker Lucman A. Calbe Jr. at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for trying to smuggle the submarine into the country.
In a statement, Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon said Navarra and Calbe misdeclared the submarine as outboard motor parts and accessories at the Manila International Container Port last March 12 . The submarine shipment from South Korea was consigned to Dionysus Trading, a company owned by Navarra.
The submarine arrived as a "complete knock down" and stuffed in a one forty-footer container van.
"We will prosecute and go for the maximum penalties allowed by law for all those caught attempting to violate our laws," Biazon said.
The smuggling charges against Navarra and Calbe brings to 146, the total number of smuggling cases filed by the BOC at the DOJ during the Aquino administration.