FIVE shipments containing black ants were seized at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Importation and exportation of non-native black ants are strictly prohibited in view of the danger it poses not only to human health but also to the environment. Studies in China show that non-native black ants are carriers of virus, bacteria and diseases inimical to local ecology, including agriculture and forestry.

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