The Bureau of Customs in Cagayan de Oro (BOC-CDO) destroyed fourteen units of abandoned Mitsubishi Jeeps estimated to worth Php 21 million in a facility in Baloy, Brgy. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City today, June 18, 2021.
As per press release from the BOC-CDO, the jeeps arrived in parts and components inside four 4X40 container vans last October 30, 2018 at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental from Japan and consigned to a certain Galeo Equipment Corp.
Despite the issuance of an Urgent Notice To File Entry for the subject shipment, no corresponding import entry was filed within the reglementary period required under Sec. 407 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Consequently, an Order of Abandonment was issued on January 7, 2019 against the shipment and was forfeited in favor of the Republic of the Philippines pursuant to Sec. 1130 of the CMTA.
District Collector Atty. Elvira Cruz of the Bureau of Customs Collection District X said the destruction of the shipment sends a loud and clear signal to consignees engaged in any form of irregularity that her office is serious in protecting the interest of the government and there shall be no condonation of any illegal act.
Present during the destruction are District Collector Atty. Elvira Cruz, Deputy Collector for Operations Elizabeth Delas Llagas, Deputy Collector for Administration Atty. Roswald Joseph Pague, OIC Collector for MCT Atty. Noe Espenilla and Deputy District Commander of ESS Lt. Arkhan Macaombang.