DOJ indicts Taguba, 8 others over shabu smuggling
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
Juan Ponce Enrile, defense minister during the Marcos regime, is considered the chief architect of the martial law.