Barangay captain arrested

THE village chief of Barangay Argawanon, San Remigio, Cebu was arrested on Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 2021 following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest for falsification of importation documents.

Barangay Captain Denes Camay, 36, married, was apprehended over a case of falsification by private individual and use of falsified documents.

Police Staff Sgt. Jade Carabuenas of the San Remigio Police Station told Superbalita Cebu that the arrest warrant was issued by Judge Virginia Vivencia Monteclar of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 13 in Cebu City on September 8, 2021.

Bail has been set at P36,000.

Carabienas said Camay intends to make bail on Monday, September 13.

The barangay captain declined Superbalita’s request for an interview at the police station.

However, San Remigio Police Station chief Police Major Ian Macatangay revealed that Camay was arrested for his involvement as a broker for a big importation in 2017 with an erroneous declaration.

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The case involves a shipment from Korea that arrived at the Port of Cebu aboard the mv Cristina on January 2, 2017.

The shipment was declared as 2,500 metric tons of wood chips and 2,500 metric tons of recycled synthetic resins.

But on inspection by customs officials, the containers were instead found to contain plastic heterogenous material estimated to be worth P4.87 million.

The Bureau of Customs filed a case of smuggling against importers and customs brokers before the Department of Justice, based on information published on the BOC’s website.

The Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (Batas) filed a case against Moving Forward Global Trading officials Liezl Romero Catingan, Maria Josiegen Arcilla, Jonaliza Pedarce Gabutan, Werren Trespeces, Denes Negro Camay (the barangay captain), Amador Visitacion Villalon of Mandaue City; customs broker Romeo Gastador and other co-conspirators.

This was for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order (AO) 1994-28 or the Interim Guidelines in the Importation of Recyclable Materials Containing Hazardous Substances, and the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

The DENR’s AO prohibits the importation of such hazardous materials. / GPL