CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga — Task Force Aguila (TFA) operatives here have intercepted a van containing P1 million worth of computers and electronics communication gadgets without proper documents.
TFA deputy director Arnel Maguillo said they received a tip the other day that a white Toyota Grandia van with plate no. ACD 4085 will deliver the items to either Fontana Leisure Park or Sun Valley Clark Hub Corporation both located inside this free port.
TFA deployed operatives it all possible entry points and was able to monitor the vehicle after it entered through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway’s Clark South toll gate. They flagged down the van and saw that it was loaded with boxes of computers and gadgets.
A female Chinese, three Chinese men and a Filipino driver were in the vehicle.
When asked about the computers and gadgets’ documents, they were not able to present any, prompting the operatives to advise them to follow them to the TFA office for proper documentation.
But instead of following the operatives, the van slowed down and parked at the road’s shoulder along MA Roxas Highway here.
The driver, identified as Christian Aguas, told TFA operatives that the Chinese nationals prevented him driving further and ordered him to stop and park the van.
The Chinese nationals refused to identify themselves to the TFA operatives. The woman had been calling their bosses until three Chinese national who could speak English arrived. One of them, identified as Richard Lim of Shidaikai Corporation here, negotiated with the TFA operatives.
“It appears that they were being prevented by their bosses to get identified or be subjected for investigation. The TFA failed to convince the Chinese to follow to HTFA despite repeated statement that verification will take place in the office aside from the accounting of the items, thus called the PNP for assistance. Chinese nationals became resistant and uncooperative during the said interrogation,” a TFA report to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) stated.
TFA operatives then called police assistance. But despite more than one hour of negotiation, the Chinese nationals in the van still refused to go to the TFA office. They even refused to re-board the van. TFA then decided to bring to the office only the van and its undocumented cargo. A certain “Li Gang” who introduced herself to be working for Sun Valley Clark Hub Corporation went to the TFA headquarters to witness the inventory of the seized items.
They included 38 computer monitors, 38 keyboards, nine units CPUs, 38 pieces computer mouse, 10 units Hikvision CCTV cameras, and 2 boxes electrical wires.
The TFA recommended to the CDC that Sun Valley Clark Hub Corporation be penalized or sanctioned “and that its manager be compelled to explain the arrogant behavior of the Chinese nationals and subject them to investigation as they violated the law and CDC policies.”