Bag of Filipino Passenger From Singapore Held Over Undeclared Jewelry

Customs officials at terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday held the check-in luggage of an arriving passenger for containing undeclared assorted jewelry that weighed at least one kilogram.

Customs collector-on-duty Paul Urrea identified the passenger as A. S. Flores, a resident of Pasay City and residing in Singapore for over eleven years. According to Urrea, the assorted jewelry were uncovered after a black suitcase of Flores passed through the X-ray machine past 3 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Customs examiner Espiritu, and supervisor Clark Villa together with Customs police Alona de Guzman invited Flores to the customs interline baggage room for examination, and when she opened her luggage it yielded the undeclared assorted jewelry.

Flores told customs officials that the jewelry were mere “fashion jewelry” which she brought in as early Christmas gift to her relatives and friends.

Among items found from Flores’ luggage, Urrea said, were earrings, necklace and bracelets. A gemologist at Bureau of Customs will determine if the jewelry are genuine and taxable or not.

As of press time, the jewelry were kept at the Customs vault for safekeeping and will be released to Flores as soon as the gemologist findings were released and corresponding taxes will be imposed to Flores for failing to declare the items.