The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has confiscated 20 containers of glutinous rice and 12 containers of white sugar worth P42 million which were misdeclared by an importer as office supplies and exercise equipment.
Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez said the imported sugar was sourced from Singapore while the rice shipments came from Thailand and Vietnam.
A delegation from the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Physical Examination of Imported Articles (COCPEIA) headed by Congressman Hermilando Mandanas, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, witnessed the opening the containers at the Manila International Container Port.
Other members of Congress present were Congressmen Tomas Apacible, Rodolfo Farinas, Cesar Sarmiento and Reynaldo Umali.
Mandanas expressed hope that the continuing success of the BOC in detecting and foiling smuggling activities would go a long way in finally convincing tax evaders that smuggling has become a losing proposition under the Aquino administration.