OFW claims balikbayan box was opened, contents replaced with Styrofoam

  • An OFW claimed her box was opened and some items were damaged and missing
  • She found cut pieces of Styrofoam inside the box
  • She said she only wanted to share her story to warn fellow OFWs but has no plan to file a complaint

MANILA, Philippines – An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) claimed receiving a pilfered balikbayan box with some of its contents missing and replaced with a styrofoam inside.

Angelique Ruby shared her story on Facebook in October and on the website of JB Solis who posted an article about the case.

According to Ruby’s post, she received the package only to find out that it was violated and some of the goods inside were missing. However, she is not sure whether the pilferage happened while the box was with the local forwarder, or when it went through an inspection at the Bureau of Customs.

Commenters on the post, mostly OFWS too, said they have sent packages before with the same forwarder but no such things happened, so could have occurred at the Customs.

Ruby named the forwarding company as I-Merex Group of Companies.

She said she also found cut pieces of Styrofoam inside while most of the items were either damaged or torn open.

“What do I expect? Thank you at nakarating kht panu sken kht nakaopen na at wala na qng maxadong napakinabangan! Salamat sa pagnanakaw, obvious po kxe bglang may styro na sa loob ng box para lng masabing may laman pa!” Ruby wrote on her Facebook.

(What do I expect? Thank you anyway, at least my box arrived even if it has been opened and some of the contents are beyond use anymore. Thank you for stealing, it’s obvious because a Styrofoam was added to make the box look like it’s still full.) (Click here to read more)

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