P80 M worth smuggled gold jewelry in plane from Hongkong seized at NAIA

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Aabot sa 24 kilo ng assorted gold jewelry na tinangkang ipuslit sa loob ng lavatory ng aircraft PR 301 na lumapag galing Hongkong ang nasabat ng Bureau of Customs. Nagpapatuloy ang imbestigasyon para matukoy ang mga nasa likod ng tangkang pagpuslit ng nasabing alahas. (Larawan mula sa Bureau of Customs)

Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Friday it had confiscated 24 kilos smuggled gold jewelry worth at least P80 million at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The said smuggled item was hidden inside the lavatory of aircraft PR 301 that arrived from Hongkong on November 17.

The Customs Boarding inspector from the Aircraft Operations Division discovered the jewelry pieces during boarding formalities on the airplane which arrived at NAIA Terminal 2, according to the Customs.

BOC-NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan has ordered a thorough investigation to identify the culprits behind the smuggling attempt.

Customs said it ensures stringent implementation of border security measures as directed by Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz and aligned with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s order to stop smuggling in the country.