Woman held over $10.4m diamonds
MANILA: A British woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling diamonds worth $10.4 million (R84m) into the Philippines.
Officers from the presidential anti-smuggling group had arrested Alpha Kwok, a Chineseborn British national from Hong Kong, at an upscale Manila flat and seized 160 carats of diamonds, along with uncut emeralds and other precious stones, said Antonio Villar Jun, head of the agency.
Kwok has been charged with smuggling and detained pending a review of the case.
Villar said Kwok may have been part of a smuggling syndicate. He said immigration records showed she had visited the Philippines more than 170 times in two years.