2 Chi­nese nabbed at air­port

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Agents of the Bureau of Cus­toms (BoC) ap­pre­hended two Chi­nese pas­sen­gers for bring­ing in smug­gled schem­ing de­vices and ac­cess gad­gets at the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NAIA).

The ar­riv­ing Chi­nese na­tion­als, iden­ti­fied as Gong Yongjie, 26, and Wang Ji, 22, were stopped at the NAIA Ter­mi­nal 1 af­ter the x-ray ma­chine de­tected the il­le­gal items at their bag­gage.

Ma­jor Jay­bee Raul Cometa, head of X-ray In­spec­tion Project (XIP), said that a BoC-NAIA ex­am­iner con­ducted a man­ual check of the bag­gage and found “187 pieces of brand new One Time Pass­word Cards and 153 pieces of used ATM, debit cards and new sim cards.”

OTP cards are used as a cloning de­vice to ac­cess data in the au­to­mated teller ma­chines cards and the gen­er­ated pass­words will be sent to the sim cards which will ini­ti­ate the trans­fer of funds.

Yongjie, Ji, and their bag­gage were in­ter­cepted by the cus­toms agents on Septem­ber 25 af­ter they ar­rived on a China South­ern Flight CZ 3091 at the air­port.

The BoC brought in the Chi­nese na­tion­als for in­quest af­ter they were caught car­ry­ing the sev­eral skim­ming de­vices and ac­cess gad­gets. They are now de­tained at the BoC’s En­force­ment and Se­cu­rity Ser­vice district of­fice at NAIA.

Cus­toms chief Isidro Lapeña said they failed to pro­vide any per­mit from the owner of the ATM and debit cards.

“The ap­pre­hend­ing ex­am­iner rec­om­mended the is­suance of war­rant of seizure and de­ten­tion against the goods to the district col­lec­tor of NAIA,” he said.

The com­mis­sioner said they were charged be­fore the Pasay City Fis­cal’s Of­fice for vi­o­la­tions of Sec­tions 1113 (f), 1401, and 118 (g) of the Cus­toms Mod­ern­iza­tion and Tar­iff Act and Repub­lic Act 8484 or the Ac­cess De­vice Act.

He bared that some for­eign and do­mes­tic air­line pas­sen­gers were tak­ing ad­van­tage of the non-in­tru­sive ex­am­i­na­tion of hand­car­ried bag­gage and lug­gage at the air­ports.

To ad­dress smug­gling in­ci­dents and drug traf­fick­ing, “we are up­grad­ing our fa­cil­i­ties by adding more x-rays here in NAIA and we will also be procur­ing ad­di­tional x-rays for the other ports,” said Lapeña.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to Cometa, two units and one unit of brand new Rapis­can x-ray ma­chines are now in­stalled at NAIA Ter­mi­nal 1 and 3, re­spec­tively.

The BoC will also in­stall 16 more x-ray ma­chines at the three NAIA ter­mi­nals. (Ray­mund F. An­to­nio)

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