By Ferdinand Patinio

Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio (Photo courtesy of BOC)

MANILA – The Enforcement and Security Service of the Enforcement Group (ESS-EG) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of PHP43.40 billion worth of smuggled goods in 2023.

In a statement Monday, Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio reported that the ESS also marked 18.97 billion liters of fuel last year under the Fuel Marking Program.

He said the markings have significantly contributed to curbing fuel smuggling, with PHP395.01 million worth of unmarked petroleum products and transport vehicles seized in the same year.

He also acknowledged the group’s efforts that showcased the agency’s effectiveness in combating illicit trade activities.

Drawing from his personal experience as a former special agent, Rubio empathized with the challenges inherent in security operations and stressed the importance of staying abreast of emerging technologies to effectively combat illicit activities. (PNA)