Police defends used clothing seizure PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 April 2017 13:32



Cental Police Station Commander Supt Ariel Huesca has defended the recent seizure of used clothing citing the implementation of Republic Act 4653 by the police.

Huesca said that police has the right to seize used clothings, an item considered as prohibited under RA 4653, An Act to Safeguard the Health of the People and Maintain the Dignity of the Nation by declaring as a National Policy to Prohibit the Commercial Importation of Textile Articles commonly known as used clothing and rags..”

He said that the role of the Bureau of Customs is to act as witness during the disposal of prohibited items and impose taxes on imported items under Customs and Tariff laws.

“But in this case, for used clothes hindi pwede.  Bureau of Customs cannot impose taxes on these items,” said Huesca.

He said that the law does not provide any provision that police officers are not allowed to enforce the law, referring to RA 4653.

He said that the used clothing that he was able to seize should even be burned in the presence of the general audit office and other concerned agencies.

Huesca is reacting to a decision by the City Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss a complaint he filed in connection to the seizure of 18 bales of used clothing belonging to a businesswoman identified as Joy Saluddin.

Huesca said that he will send an official communication to the Department of Justice stating that the law (Republic Act 4653) does not provide that only the Customs office should enforce the law.  (Liza Jocson)