MANILA – The NAIA Port Customs Office (BOC) reported on Friday the seizure of some 826 spiders in three packages in Pasay City.
In a statement, the office said a total of 809 spiders and 17 adult spiders were found inside air mail packages at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) on September 14.
He added that the packages were all from Poland and were destined for some residents of Pasay City, Parañaque City and Batangas.
The items were declared as figurines and medicines.
During a physical examination, small plastic vials surreptitiously concealed and wrapped in aluminum foil containing cotton wool containing spiders and spiders were found.
The animals were immediately handed over to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR WTMU) in accordance with Customs Administrative Order No. 10-2020.
In addition to the seizure and confiscation proceedings initiated against the subject, wildlife species were seized for violation of Article 1113 in relation to Article 117 and the Law of the Republic (RA) 9147 or the Law on Conservation and protection of wildlife resources.
The DENR is currently preparing files for possible prosecution of the importer and the co-conspirators for violation of RA 9147, while the Office of Action Against Smugglers (BATAS), service of the BOC, will proceed to the constitution of parallel files for possible prosecutions against smugglers. violation of article 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Law.
BOC-NAIA, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Compliance Division (EPCD), intercepted the packages. (ANP)