No rest for CIIS-PoM for long holiday
SMUGGLERS should not see the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day holiday as a chance to conduct their illegal activities at the Port of Manila. This was the stern warning of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Fernandino Tuason to unscrupulous traders as he said that Customs personnel are on heightened alert for the holidays, to ensure that no goods shall get past the ports without paying the proper taxes.
Tuason said that the watch is especially tight in the Port of Manila, a premiere port for traders and now considered one of the smuggling free zones in the country because of safeguards implemented by CIIS personnel at the port.
“Even holidays are considered normal days at the PoM. And illegal elements should not think that we are letting down our guard at this time. We have specific instructions from Director Tuason to guard the ports 24/7 and we have no intention of doing anything less than that. Alvin Enciso, Asst. OIC, CIIS Port of Manila.
Enciso said Atty. Alex Atienza, OIC of the CIIS at the PoM also directed the personnel on duty for the holidays to strictly monitor incoming shipments and intensify their intelligence gathering, since the Christmas holiday is also around the corner.
“We are very lucky that we have dedicated personnel at the CIIS who are sacrificing their holidays and delaying their visits to their loved ones to keep our ports safe from unscrupulous elements, and we are quite confident that we will be able to stop their illegal activities because of our strong teamwork and network throughout the country,” he added.