The Bureau of Customs destroyed more than P1 biilion worth of seized smuggled cigarettes, illegally imported medicines, cosmetics, and electronic goods in Trece Martires, Cavite.
The BOC said the hazardous goods arrived thru different warehouses without proper permits and clearances, adding the said goods cannot be sold thru public auction for being unfit for consumption.
The goods were destroyed using the Thermal Decomposer (Pyrolysis) Facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc. (IWMI) to make sure that these items will not be not sold or made available in the market, BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said.
The BOC chief vowed continues vigilance against the influx of dangerous drugs, anti-social goods and hazardous substances.
Guerrero said the counterfeit cigarettes and tax stamps were seized in a warehouse in Victoria Alicia, Isabela.