DOJ in­dicts Taguba, 8 oth­ers over shabu smug­gling

Panay News - - METRO BACOLOD -  By Adria Stewa Co

MANILA – The De­part­ment

n of Jus­tice ap­proved the fil­ing of cases against Bureau of Cus­toms bro­ker Mark Taguba and eight oth­ers in con­nec­tion with the P6.4- bil­lion worth of shabu smug­gled into the coun­try last year.

AD OJ res­o­lu­tion re­leased on Mon­day stated that the re­spon­dents were li­able for mis­dec­la­ra­tion, mis clas­si­fi­ca­tion and un­der­val­u­a­tion of goods dec­la­ra­tion; un­law­ful im­por­ta­tion or ex­por­ta­tion; and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the trans­port of ar­ti­cles im­ported in vi­o­la­tion of the law.

Aside from Taguba, other re­spon­dents were Eirene Mae A. Tatad, owner of EMT Trad­ing; Tee­jay A. Mar­cel­lana; Chen Ju Long (also known as Richard Tan); Li Guang Feng ( also known as Manny Li), Dong Yi Shen (also known as

Ken­neth Dong); Fidel Anoche

rt Dee; Chen I. Min; and Jhu Ming Jyun.

“We find no merit on re­spon­dents’ claim that the im­por­ta­tion doc­u­ments they signed, pro­cessed and filed at the BOC show only an im­por­ta­tion of ‘cut­ting boards, footwear, kitchen­ware, and moulds. The dan­ger­ous drugs were con­cealed with legally im­ported mer­chan­dise on the chance that the for­mer could es­cape de­tec­tion,” the DOJ said.

“Re­spon­dents’ de­fense that they were not aware that the ship­ment they re­ceived con­tained dan­ger­ous drugs de­serves scant con­sid­er­a­tion. What mat­ters is that they com­mit­ted act/s which has a vi­tal con­nec­tion to the chain of con­spir­acy, that with­out such act, the un­law­ful im­por­ta­tion

AFP

Juan Ponce En­rile, de­fense min­is­ter dur­ing the Mar­cos regime, is con­sid­ered the chief ar­chi­tect of the mar­tial law.

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