DAVAO CITY - The Bureau of Customs (BOC)- Port of Davao and the Task Force (TF) Davao have seized PHP9.6 million worth of smuggled cigarettes during the second semester of 2022, an official said Friday.

“We thank TF-Davao for their continued support to the BOC,” said Erastus Sandino Austria, the BOC-Davao district collector, in a statement.

He attributed the achievement to the partnership that BOC-Davao built with various government security and intelligence agencies.

According to Austria, warrants of seizure and detention have been issued against the alleged smuggled goods for violations of Republic Act No. 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

“The apprehensions helped realize President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s thrust to level the playing field for businesses and protect the economy as it recovers from the effects of the pandemic,” he said.

Last year alone, the BOC seized nationwide over PHP245.1 million worth of smuggled goods.

The illicit products included petroleum products worth PHP116.9 million; cigarettes (PHP110.1 million); vehicles and parts (PHP15.6 million); agricultural products (PHP1.3 million); and other items (PHP1.2 million). (PNA)