• Police want tighter control for Balikbayan boxes

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday is calling for stricter inspection procedures for Balikbayan boxes arriving in the country after the interception of P40-million worth of shabu (metamphethamine) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Monday. Chief Insp. Roque Merdeguia, spokesman and legal officer of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AID-SOTF), told reporters in Camp Crame that a big-time drug syndicate is behind the foiled attempt to smuggle the illegal drugs in the country. Consignee Danilo Pineda was arrested at the airport after trying to claim the shipment, which was supposedly for water pumps only. On closer inspection though, it was found that shabu were stashed in the pump. The waterpump shipment, Merdeguia said came from Taiwan and had passed to Hongkong before it eventually entered the country.

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