Sinag prexy laments rice smuggling in Davao, Zambo

August 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

ROSALES – Samahang Industriyang Agrikultura (SINAG) chair Rosendo So deplored the influx of rice smuggling in the cities of Davao and Zamboanga.

Smuggled rice in the Philippines.

Smuggled rice in the Philippines.

He cited also the presence of former National Food Authority’s administrator Lito Banayo as adviser with presidential wannabe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterto every time the latter tours the different parts of the country.
Together with former NFA deputy administrator Jose D. Cordero, suspected smuggler David Bangayan/Tan and three others, Banayo was criminally charged last year with economic sabotage and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“The NFA officials signed the import permits, which provided the legal cover for the suspected rice smugglers,” said a source privy on the probe conducted by state investigators as quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Appointed by President Aquino in July 2010 as NFA head, Banayo resigned on Sept. 30, 2012, in the wake of reports of massive rice smuggling in the country“Lito Banayo is always seen with Duterte. Banayo was implicated in rice smuggling in the past,” So said.
He wondered too why Bangayan/Tan, a resident of Davao City, has still been strutting his stuff in the city after he was implicated by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima as the Goliath of rice smuggling in the Philippines .
He was charged with controlling the importation of rice by financing farmers’ cooperatives that want to bid for import permits from the NFA, Justice de Lima told last year the Senate committee on agriculture

The Sinag chair, who is the top honcho of Abono Party-list, said from the past years he ran roughshod with smugglers of rice and agricultural products.
“Where are these critics when we in Sinag and Abono were fighting for the smugglers?” he made a broadside to his critics identified with Duterte when he assailed the proliferation of rice smuggling in Davao City.
So is presently at the forefront of lobbying with the government to make P5 million worth of smuggled goods a non-bailable crime.
“Ito na lang ang tinitingnan namin na amount is P5 million up accumulated. Ibigsabihinkung may shipment kasa Davao, saZamboanga may shipment ka, sa Manila kung accumulated or isang shipment lang 4 and 5 million (pesos)”.
He wished that the version of the Abono Party in the House of Representatives and the versions of Senators Cynthia Villars, Grace Poe, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito for the P5 million cap will be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III before his term ends next year.
The SINAG chief also cited the unabated proliferation of illegal drugs in Mindanao.

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