BOC-Clark Airport Releases Official Statement in the Viral Korean National Complaint Against Clark Airport

The BOC-Port of Clark released an official statement in response to the viral Facebook Post of Woo Seonkyung who allegedly accused airport personnel of corruptions. The post of the Korean national became the latest controversy that went viral on Facebook showing the alleged corruption inside Clark Airport.


According to the BOC-Port of Clark, they held the articles/goods of the Korean National at the Clark International Airport due to the fact that goods brought by SeonKyung which is around $677.00 exceeds with the allowed P10,000 limits of the BOC, therefore it was held unless the Korean national would pay the 6,941.00 which is based on the rate of duty, Value-added tax, and customs documentary stamp.

The BOC also denied the allegations that the Koreans and her husband waited for the Customs examiner for several hours, waiting for the release of the said items. They were informed that the items will be released only upon payment of the duties and taxes.

Here's the Complete Statement of the BOC in Clark Airport:

STATEMENT OF BOC-PORT OF CLARK IN RESPONSE TO THE FACEBOOK POST OF WOO SEONKYUNG ON HER HELD ARTICLES/GOODS AT THE CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

“This is to address the Facebook post made by Woo SeonKyung and currently making rounds over social media and which has drawn negative reactions from netizens. It is equally important for the Bureau to shed light on the matter to avoid further misinformation.

“We, at the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark would like to inform the public of what actually transpired on February 12, 2018 when Ms. SeonKyung arrived at the Clark International Airport on board Jin Air, flight number LJ023.

“As a matter of procedure, Ms. SeonKyung had to pass through the Customs Arrival Area to determine if she had with her any taxable items. When she was asked as to the value of the bag and cosmetic products she was carrying, she presented a receipt with a total amount of USD 677.00.

“The Customs examiner on duty, Ramon Mindanao showed her the amount of customs duties and taxes in the amount of Php 6,941.00 which is based on the rate of duty, Value-added tax, and customs documentary stamp.

“Unfortunately, Ms. SeonKyung refused to pay the said customs duties and taxes claiming that the goods were bought at Incheon Korea Duty Free Shop. Customs Examiner Mindanao explained to her that the value of the bag and cosmetic products exceed the P10,000.00 limit which would not qualify for De Minimis importation, therefore duties and taxes are imposed on said imported goods as provided in Sections 104 and 423 of Customs Modernizatiin and Tariff Act (CMTA)

“Mr. Mindanao further informed Ms. SeonKyung that it is the mandate of the Bureau of Customs to impose and collect lawful duties and taxes on importable goods unless it is tax and duty free.

“In compliance to the Philippine customs procedures, the bag and the cosmetic products were held and a Held Baggage Receipt was issued but Ms. SeonKyung refused to sign the (green) copy of the receipt.

“It was not true that she and her husband waited for the customs examiner for several hours, waiting for the release of the said items. They were informed that the items will be released only upon payment of the duties and taxes.

“Passenger SeonKyung and husband were treated with utmost courtesy and respect and politely explained to them the situation.

“We would like to put on record that Customs personnel at the Clark International Airport only implements the customs laws, rules, and regulations, and impose lawful customs duties and taxes where applicable, and the same customs laws and rules are imposed upon arriving passengers, Filipinos and foreigners alike.

“As to the alleged lost watch and electronic cigarettes, this is under the watch of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and we highly recommend reviewing the CCTV footages in order to find out what really happened to the alleged missing items.

“The Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark personnel only conduct what our mandate requires us. The netizens and the public also deserve the true and right information.”

Source: BOC-Clark FB Page

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