ZAMBOANGA CITY, — Government authorities have foiled an attempt to ship out PHP8.9 million by a businessman at the local wharf, a port official announced Tuesday.
Maj. Camillo Cascolan Jr., local customs police chief, said the shipment was intercepted around 3 p.m. Monday at the Traveler’s Hub of the local port.
Cascolan said the money in cash was packed in a cartoon box hand carried by Isnaji Sadjail, 57, a resident of the municipality of Parang, Sulu.
Cascolan said the content of the cartoon box was uncovered to be huge sum of money when it passed through an x-ray scan machine at the Traveler’s Hub.
The Traveler’s Hub of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) caters to passengers traveling abroad, specifically to nearby Malaysia.
Cascolan said Sadjail was scheduled to depart for Malaysia aboard a passenger-cargo ferry that serves the Zamboanga-Malaysia route via the city of Sandakan in Sabah.
Cascolan said the money was seized and turned over to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as Sadjail violated a customs law that prohibits anyone to bring Philippine currency in excess of PHP500,000 cash while traveling abroad.
But he said Sadjail was not arrested since carrying of huge sum of money has no criminal liability.
Sadjail said he does not own the entire amount, citing the other owners are his businessmen – friends.
Sadjail said he was entrusted by his friends to buy goods, locally known as “barter goods,” in Malaysia to be sold locally.
The BOC will turnover the money to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas once the owners will not surface and present documents. (Ely E. Dumaboc/PNA)