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HK garbage to be shipped back today

THE electronic wastes shipped and brought into the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, from Hong Kong are set to be sent back today.

MICT collector John Simon said the wastes were shipped in February and misdeclared as electronic accessories.

He said the consignee, who is from Pasay City, abandoned the shipment when authorities found out that the container vand contained electronic wastes.

Malacañang earlier assured the Hong Kong wastes would be returned to the Chinese administrative region.

“The Bureau of Customs is pleased to announce that the re-exportation of the e-waste from Hong Kong will push through this coming Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9 am,” reads part of an invitation sent out to reporters.

Simon said they coordinated with customs officials in Hong Kong and environment protection officials in an effort to return the garbage.

“We received information that the Hong Kong government has started investigating to find the persons involved in the illegal shipping of tons of garbage declared as electronic accessories. We already send enough evidence for the Hong Kong government to track them down,” Simon said.

Earlier, an warrant of arrest was issued against directors and officials of Verde Soko, the importer of tons of Korean garbage, according to Simon.

Slapped with the warrant were Neil Alburo, president of Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp.; Maria Jonessa Fung, treasurer; Theresita Ceralde, corporate secretary; and Deolita Sabellosa, Jae Ryang Cho, Chul Soo Chu, Sena Na, Marcelo Ouano Jr., and a John and Jane Doe.

The company executives were charged with alleged violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA 10863), and Toxic and Hazardous Waste Act (RA 6969).

The case was filed based on the complaint of Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette Uy and Simon. (Lito Rulona)

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