by Paul Garilao, ABS-CBN News
PENSACOLA, FL — Some Filipinos have been searching for their missing balikbayan boxes for over a year now.
They filled these balikbayan boxes with items and gifts for their loved-ones in the Philippines, and sent them thru JM Cargo, reportedly owned by Jerome Majorocon from Ocala, Florida.
When the balikbayan boxes never reached their destination, Filipinos from Florida, Missouri, Louisiana and Tennessee began speaking up.
Soon, JM Cargo’s disgruntled customers started banding together.
Richie Villagante reached out to fellow victims and tracked the numbers of the missing balikbayan boxes.
“So all in all, in our count alone there are 117 or more just with the fact na eto lamang yung nakuha namin information. What about those we haven’t touched based yet.”
In a podcast interview, Majorocon denied that he is hiding from his customers. He said he’s taking care of the business.
“Inaayos po natin ang lahat ng problema sa Pilipinas.”
He said once the boxes arrive in the Philippines, cargo company owners like him are at the mercy of customs officials.
“Lahat ng pinapadala ninyo, hindi nyo naman idinedeclare lahat. So once that is scrutinized by the government agencies, dyan tayo nagkaproblema.”
He said he had to make a tough choice – for the boxes to be delivered right away but not until they’re opened and thoroughly checked – or for them to be delivered at a later date.
“It’s better na nadedelay ang mga shipments kesa binubuksan, binabaklas.”
He promised that the boxes will be delivered – no matter how long it takes – and he hopes his customers would understand.