BOC seizes P1-B worth of counterfeit cigarettes, tax stamps

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — As the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intensifies its campaign against smuggled and counterfeit goods, its Quick Reaction Team (QRT) in coordination with Isabela police, seized on Saturday (May 30) counterfeit cigarettes and tax stamps in a warehouse in Victoria Alicia, Isabela.

The operation is a follow up to the implementation of Letter of Authority (LOA) No.05-28-040-2020 issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero. The raid resulted in the seizure of counterfeit cigarettes and tax stamps with an initial estimated value of P1 Billion.

The operation also uncovered the counterfeiting of foreign tax stamps indicating that the cigarettes were also being exported to other countries. An inventory of the seized goods is currently being conducted with the warehouse placed under strict guarding.

As the nation gears to embrace the “NEW NORMAL” in relation to day-to-day activities, the Bureau of Customs maintains its steadfast commitment to curb the illegal import and export of prohibited and counterfeit goods. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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