Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport seizes P.5M firearms, ammunition

February 14, 2019
Bureau of Customs

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC)-NAIA confiscated P.5 million worth of eight pistols and live ammunition placed in two parcels which were concealed inside a solar panel and a tool cart and bound for Taiwan.

Customs-NAIA district collector Carmelita “Mimel” Talusan presented to the media the intercepted firearms -- consisting of Glock 19-9MM; Heckler & Koch P2000 V3 Pistol, 20 ammunition magazines and 266 live ammunition -- in a warehouse in Pasay City Wednesday afternoon. They were found inside two packages bound for Taiwan and declared as solar panel.

The firearms and ammunition were discovered thru the profiling skills of BoC NAIA and subsequent X-ray examination of the shipments declared as “Solar Panel and tool cart”.

Talusan said that the shipment of firearms and ammunitions are illegal because they don’t have supporting documents from the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosive Unit and it was misdeclared.

She also said that the sender was not identified due to impending investigation, according to the customs law division.

Talusan added that examiners and operatives are continuously trained on profiling illegal goods both inbound and outbound shipments.

The exportation of firearms and ammunition thru fraudulent misdeclaration and without necessary permits constitute violation of Section 119A, 1400, 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and Republic Act 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, she explained.
‘The Bureau of Customs will continue to protect the country against entry and exit of contrabands and remain vigilant to protect all inbound and outbound packages,’ Talusan added.