Today's Punto
Today's Punto
Editorial
Tit for tat?

Feb 27, 2018

OVER A week ago, a South Korean tourist accused staff of the Bureau of Customs at the Clark International Airport of high-handedness and outright harassment.

The harrowing experience, claimed the victim Woo Seonkyung, even resulted to the miscarriage of her sister in-law who tried to assist her through her ordeal.

Over the weekend, Clark BoC raised the smuggling card against South Koreans arriving via Clark airport.

Marites Martin, BoC chief for the Port of Clark, suspects that Korean golfers may have been abusing the tax-free privilege on golf sets and engage in virtual smuggling.

Martin’s suspicion was pricked by the proliferation of golf sets being sold in the contiguous cities of Angeles and Mabalacat.

She said that she would ask for an authority from Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to conduct an investigation.

Coming at the heels of Woo’s tirades against the BoC that went viral and generated a generous amount of denunciations of the agency, this suspicion of smuggling – sans the least proof as yet – readily smacks of as one get-even scheme.

An investigation is warranted at the soonest time. Then, truth be told.




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