Balikbayan box shipments have also been used by a big-time dog food smuggler who raked in hundreds of millions of pesos in profits in the past years but has reneged on his tax obligations.
My informants disclosed that Daniel Astig, also known as the Dog Food King, has taken advantage of the lax rules on balikbayan box or non-commercial inbound shipment system to bring in massive dog food products.
This surfaced as the Bureau of Customs (BoC) touted its plan to enforce “stricter” measures to curb rampant technical smuggling of under-declared balikbayan boxes.
BoC officials will conduct “random spot inspections” and impose higher fees on the processing of balikbayan boxes.
But Daniel Astig doesn’t have to worry about anything. He is said to have well-entrenched smuggling operations and is in cahoots with unscrupulous authorities in airports and seaports.
Apparently, shipping balikbayan boxes have become a “courier service” for enterprising individuals in smuggling high-value commercial goods.
Under existing rules and regulations, an individual consignee is entitled only to bring free of charge in one balikbayan box items worth $500.
Daniel Astig, however, has used various names to ship in tons of balikbayan boxes.
He is among the untouchables engaged in big-time smuggling at Aduana. His closest associate is Lucio, the owner of a grocery store chain.
This “Dog Food King” is also allegedly guilty of “unfair labor practices.”
Despite his ill-gotten fortunes, he has paid sub-standard salaries and no benefits whatsoever to his employees. He wouldn’t even extend them any emergency medical assistance.
Manhid at di makatao ang buwakaw na Dog Food King na ito!
Earlier, we uncovered Danny Astig’s unholy alliance with Bobet C, a prominent member of an influential religious organization engaged in smuggling luxury vehicles and exotic cars.
The “Dog Food King” is himself an avid exotic car collector and keeps in his garage in Loyola Grand Villas, Quezon City a fleet of luxury cars including an SLS black series, Ferrari 458, Orange Lamborghini Huracan, a Black Porsche Turbo, Mercedes CLS AMG, and BMW cars.
To avoid detection, the cars are registered under his relative’s names, same as his vast properties.
Palace cronies back colorum cabs
Now, we know why these so-called transport network companies (TNC) that operated illegally for several years were not apprehended by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The LTFRB’s crackdown on “colorum” TNC taxicabs were abruptly stopped and LTFRB and DOTC officials were summoned to Malacañang.
These app-based “Premium Taxi” services cannot be touched by the LTFRB because they have the backing of some Malacañang crony relatives.
Apparently, the Palace cronies have been involved in illicit app-based taxi and MRT train deals.
The LTFRB has railroaded a bunch of accreditation of TNC operators before today’s scheduled crackdown on unregistered app-based transport vehicles.
* * *
We welcome your reaction, comments, complaints and exposé. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or personally visit us at the TV5 Field Office at 2nd Floor, Quedsa Plaza, Quezon Ave. corner EDSA, Quezon City near the MRT Quezon Avenue station.