MANILA, Philippines – Around P350 million worth of used clothing or “ukay-ukay” and mosquito coils were discovered during a raid on a Bulacan warehouse, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Friday.
In a statement, the BOC said Customs Commissioner Bien Rubio issued a letter of authority (LOA) against the warehouses located at M. Villarica Road, Barangay Sta. Rosa 1 in Marilao.
Agents acted on reports that the products, believed to have been smuggled into the country, were being stored at the facility.
“The team inspected the warehouses and discovered that they contained used clothing or ukay-ukay, mosquito coils, IPR (intellectual property rights) infringing goods, and other imported goods suspected of being smuggled,” Rubio said.
Agents from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Manila International Container Port enforced the LOA on Thursday.
The operation was made possible with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police in Marilao and Barangay Sta. Rosa 1 local officials.
Warehouses have been closed, with the team padlocking the facility doors.
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