Operatives of the Bureau of Customs on Wednesday intercepted at least 2 tons of cargo containing smuggled clothing, mostly True Religion brand, at the Port of Zamboanga.
Authorities flagged down an Isuzu Elf van exiting a cargo ship from Malaysia to check its travel documents but the driver failed to provide papers other than a transportation ticket. This led to authorities checking the cargo and found 7 boxes of brand new clothing mostly True Religion and Marlboro jeans and shirts.
The True Religion thing has gained national attention a couple of days ago when former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa was seen wearing the brand. The government official said it was given as a gift by his brother who is working as police officer in US.
Dela Rosa’s story however was tainted with doubt after the Wednesday’s discovery.
Authorities said the clothing were all original and appears to be made in India although US standard labels are seen.
Custom’s senior port inspector Nady Matuwa said they have been monitoring the business practices of the unnamed consignee and said this is not the first time the involved person had sneaked cargo to the country illegally.
The illegal cargo was said to be worth at least P3.5 million.
“According sa source naming, itong mga products na to ay may order na at usually mga may sinabing tao”, Matuwa told local reporters on Wednesday.
Dela Rosa, who is making headlined for wearing the same brand is now on odd situation after the discovery regardless whether his jeans was part of the said business or not.