Guijalo Port in Naga City, Cam. Sur., Now a Gateway for Illegal Products

Manila | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated P300 million worth of fake food seasoning and other products from China during a raid in Quezon City, according to a report on GMA News’ “Balitanghali” on Friday.

The confiscated goods were reportedly entered the country through an unlikely channel far from metro manila and other major ports – the Guijalo Port in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

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The raid covered three warehouses in Barangay Masambong on Thursday after two months of surveillance.

The bogus food seasoning that made it to the market is a threat to the health and well-being of consumers.

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“Pag mura ang item, you begin to suspect,” said Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

One way of determining fake products is by checking if the identifying number beside the expiry date is identical to similar products on a shelf.

“Kung nagpare-parehas ‘yang number na iyan then, ayun, peke iyon. Kasi, sequential iyan,” Lapeña said.

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The owner of the warehouse—a “big-time smuggler”—was not in the area when the raid was conducted, Lapeña noted.

The BOC said the owner is facing charges of violating Republic Act No. 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and the Intellectual Property Rights for possession of the contraband.

In connection to the confiscated products, 6 more 40-foot containers were intercepted on Friday at Sipocot town in the same province. The Manila-bound trucks were intercepted carrying assorted used products like ukay, other unidentified chemicals, and urea fertilizers that can be used in producing meth.

Police is monitoring three big businessmen in Camarines Sur who are behind the syndicate. A high-profile political clan is also being monitored.

Naga City is home to Vice President Leni Robredo and her family’s political influence is unmatched in her home province. /Joy Valle/

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