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BOC examiner commits diplomatic faux pas, opens pouches meant for Japan Emperor.
BOC examiner commits diplomatic faux pas, opens pouches meant for Japan Emperors visit
by Genalyn D. Kabiling and Roy C. Mabasa
January 25, 2016
A serious diplomatic faux pas has apparently been committed by a Bureau of Customs (BOC) examiner at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after he subjected to an unauthorized examination the diplomatic pouches consigned to the Japanese Embassy in Manila containing among others, the sake (Japanese wine) to be used for the welcome reception in honor of Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko who are scheduled to arrive in the country for a five-day state visit tomorrow.
The blunder, supposedly committed last month by NAIA Customs Examiner Pompeo Manalo who is assigned at the Pair Cargo Customs Bonded Warehouse in Pasay City, has prompted the office of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to order the NAIA-BOC District Office to undertake a probe on the said incident.
A diplomatic pouch is any property identified and sealed package, pouch, bag, or other container that is used to transport official correspondence, documents, and other articles intended for official use of embassies, consulates, and the offices of public international organizations, among others.
In accordance with Article 27.3 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR), properly designated diplomatic pouches shall not be opened or detained.
Under the same Convention, any search or inspection of a properly labeled diplomatic pouch constitutes a serious breach. In fact, international law does not even set any limits on the permissible size, weight and quantity of diplomatic pouches, it was learned.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/boc-examiner-commits-diplomatic-faux-pas-opens-pouches-meant-for-japan-emperors-visit/#xBTOSs4oUkJYXgG8.99
Bopols Officials ng Customs nga naman talaga o.
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