CAMPELO, Philippines — A Philippine postal worker was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after he was caught trying to smuggle a box packed with clothes, furniture and toilet paper into the country by pretending to be a courier.
Francisco Guillen, 45, was sentenced to three and a half years in jail after he pleaded guilty in February to attempting to evade a law aimed at curbing the proliferation of illegal mail packages.
Guillen’s case was one of dozens filed against mail delivery workers by the Philippine Postal Service since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June.
A report in The Inquirer, citing government data, said more than 1,500 mail delivery employees in the country were arrested in 2016.
The Associated Press has not been able to verify the number of mail delivery cases since then.
The Philippine Postal Department has denied the allegations of rampant smuggling, saying the government does not monitor mail delivery.