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197649 25th August 2015 02:41 AM

Seeing a lot of Arabs complaing about Customs in support of their Filipino workers/girlfriends/wives. Seem Customs is really taking a beating from the public both inside and outside the country

esv1226 25th August 2015 03:04 AM

When we go to USA, I would like to take some items e.g. paintings, photo frames that might be excess of what is allowed. What is the least expensive way of sending say 2 or 3 balikbayan boxes?

lkarlovsky 25th August 2015 03:20 AM

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Originally Posted by c_acton98 (Post 8031458)
seeing a lot of Arabs complaing about Customs in support of their Filipino workers/girlfriends/wives. Seem Customs is really taking a beatinf from the public bot inside and outside the country

BREAKING NEWS just heard Pnoy told Customs to back off. Dogs and X-ray but no opening boxes or excess fines. Way to go OFWs he heard you roar. For once....

197649 25th August 2015 03:52 AM

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Originally Posted by lkarlovsky (Post 8031634)
BREAKING NEWS just heard Pnoy told Customs to back off. Dogs and X-ray but no opening boxes or excess fines. Way to go OFWs he heard you roar. For once....

Got a link or a source of this news?
here is what I see
Manila Bulletin http://www.mb.com.ph/uproar-mounts-o...ayan-box-plan/
President Aquino yesterday ordered a comprehensive review of the controversial plan of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to conduct random screening of balikbayan boxes while Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz appealed to Customs officials to reconsider implementing the policy in the wake of mounting complaints from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other sectors.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/uproar-mounts-o...UpUY2dvmQoI.99

simonsays 25th August 2015 03:58 AM

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Originally Posted by c_acton98 (Post 8031794)
got a link or a source of this news?
ere is what I see
Manila Bulletin Uproar mounts over balikbayan box plan | mb.com.ph | Philippine News
President Aquino yesterday ordered a comprehensive review of the controversial plan of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to conduct random screening of balikbayan boxes while Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz appealed to Customs officials to reconsider implementing the policy in the wake of mounting complaints from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other sectors.
Read more at Uproar mounts over balikbayan box plan | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

The funny thing is, people forget it was Pnoy who appointed that cranky fellow, who insisted that he was just doing his job ;)

And suddenly Pnoy becomes a Hero again !! :)

lkarlovsky 25th August 2015 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by c_acton98 (Post 8031794)

Got a link or a source of this news?
here is what I see
Manila Bulletin http://www.mb.com.ph/uproar-mounts-o...ayan-box-plan/
President Aquino yesterday ordered a comprehensive review of the controversial plan of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to conduct random screening of balikbayan boxes while Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz appealed to Customs officials to reconsider implementing the policy in the wake of mounting complaints from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other sectors.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/uproar-mounts-o...UpUY2dvmQoI.99

http://www.gov.ph/2015/08/24/bureau-...n-boxes-issue/

Rogdas 25th August 2015 04:02 PM

I would guess pnoy had this stopped do to money. if OFW's stopped sending boxes that would be a big hit on revenue into there pockets.
him telling customs to stop opening boxes was all about $$$$$$$$

pakawala 25th August 2015 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Rogdas (Post 8038274)
I would guess pnoy had this stopped do to money. if OFW's stopped sending boxes that would be a big hit on revenue into there pockets.
him telling customs to stop opening boxes was all about $$$$$$$$


The OFW Coalition & The Aug 28, Zero-remittance day certainly got their attention.

OFW group sets August 28 as ‘no-remittance day’ | News | GMA News Online

OFW groups, Customs chief Lina to hold dialogue on Monday | News | GMA News Online

pijoe 26th August 2015 02:25 AM

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Originally Posted by pakawala (Post 8040506)

So nice to see democracy at work... a little well placed pressure, no matter what the dynamic behind the decision, has benefited the working class... no small feat...

simonsays 26th August 2015 03:05 AM

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Originally Posted by lmetrucking (Post 8041458)
So nice to see democracy at work... a little well placed pressure, no matter what the dynamic behind the decision, has benefited the working class... no small feat...

my 2 cents ? nope, Philippines has too much democracy, to quote a Well Known Asian Statesman, and that's the reason for their extreme and increasing poverty !

In the first place, this kind of nonsense shouldn't have happened and if BoC decided to randomly inspect boxes, they should have done with minimum noise- after all, they used to do this years ago- and some boxes were pilfered actually, and after all BoC has every right to inspect anything that comes into the country

But suddenly, BoC decided to make some noise, and then the vocal activists are claiming that the Boxes are "SACRED"

Look at how the BIR Chief stays in the front page- including her vile attack at Doctors, running campaigns saying they are thieves, when in reality, most of the Philippine Doctors don't make much at all, working in rural hospitals. And don't forget, most doctors don't fully qualify to practice in private, till the age of 35 or more, which, in retrospect, is pretty insulting, unless the government had a welfare system to pay the doctors who are not working

And while Philippines Income Tax rates hovers from 5 % to 32 %, including lowly paid office staff, while most large corporates declaring billions in nett profit manage to pay next to no tax, using all the loopholes. The BIR Always publishes the list of top individual income tax payers, but I don't recall them having done the same for Corporates :)

Rant off :D


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