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Faeldon again snubs hearing on P6.4-B shabu

Former Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon again snubbed the Senate hearing yesterday on the R6.4-billion shabu shipment from China last May.

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will try to dig deeper into the entry of R6.4 billion worth of 605 kilos of “shabu’’ (crystal meth) into the country last May.

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When multiplied by 730 days or two years, the daily payola given by importers through brokers or fixers to the Bureau of Customs for the accelerated release of their containerized shipments at Manila’s waterfront is enough to wipe out the national government’s current budget deficit of P147 billion.

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Only 16 of 100 container vans can be inspected

The flow of illegal drugs through the country’s seaports could not be contained as only 16 percent of all imports coming to the country through the Manila International Container Port (MICP) could be checked thoroughly by the x-ray system of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

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Seven people died while three others are still missing after a motorbanca capsized off the waters of Barangay Agbudia, Romblon, Romblon Friday, the Philippine Coast Guard said yesterday.

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The Senate majority bloc led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III expressed yesterday their support for the controversial martial declaration in Mindanao by President Duterte.

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