2 Malaysian Nationals Nabbed over P1.35B Chinese Cigarettes – NBI

NBI Arrest 2 Malaysian Nationals for Repacking P1.35B worth of Chinese Cigarettes

The personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested two (2) Malaysian nationals for allegedly repacking P1.35 billion worth of Chinese cigarettes.

At Subic Bay Gateway Park (SBGP) in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBGP), Olongapo City, Zambales, an estimated P1.35 billion worth of repackaged Chinese cigarettes was seized. The arrest of two Malaysian nationals prompted the NBI-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs to conduct an operation (NBI-TFAID).

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Tan Ah Seng and Tan Yan Teng are the suspects, according to NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor. Both are presidents and vice presidents of Bumi Jaya International Corp. in Olongapo City, according to the article.

The operation was based on intelligence regarding Tan Ah Seng’s company, Bumi Jaya, which was accused of cracking down on imported Chinese cigarettes and diverting them to the domestic market. The foreigners were detained as a result of a search order granted by Olongapo City’s RTC Branch 97.

A total of 45,000 master boxes of various Chinese cigarettes valued at billions of dollars were seized, based on the report. Bumi Jaya employees were also spotted smoking Chunghwa cigarettes, according to the NBI.

Seng and Teng were charged with breaching Section 1423 of RA 10863 by the Olongapo City Prosecutor. According to the report, Gina Tsai, Tan Lian Hong, Adelia C.Tan, and Chi Jung Hsiao, the corporation’s incorporators, are also at large, as is Chi Yin Hsiao.

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