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Mayor Dalipe hails destruction of P595M smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

Zambaonga City Mayor John Dalipe has commended the concerned government agencies for their campaign against smuggling.

This, as the Bureau of Customs-Port of Zamboanga led the condemnation of over P595-million worth of seized and forfeited cigarettes on Thursday, June 13, in a customs-rented warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.

Dalipe, who was represented by Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja, reaffirmed his zero-tolerance against smuggling.

“More than 8,816 cases and 1,014 reams of smuggled cigarettes were destroyed during the operation,” the city government said.

The destroyed smuggled cigarettes were confiscated through maritime patrol operations and inter-agency checkpoints across various regions, including the Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, from November 2023 to April 2024.

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