Duterte’s actions different from what he says – Sinag
ROSALES – The chair of Samahan ng Industriya at Agrikulura (SINAG) is not impressed with presidential wannabe Rodrigo Duterte: He said Duterte’s actions were different to what he was saying.
Rosendo So said despite Duterte’s pronouncement against the proliferation of rice smuggling in Davao City where he is the mayor, Duterte was seen playing golf with Regional Trial Court Judge Emmanuel Carpio who was charged administratively by Sinag at the Supreme Court on siding with the alleged smuggler David Bangayan and owner of Starcraft International Trading Inc.
Starcraft, as reported by the media, surreptitiously sneaked 167 vans or 83,500 cavans of illegally bought imported rice from Vietnam at the pier in Davao City.
“Iyong shipment na smuggling of rice ni David Bangayan ang nag released na judge father- in-law (of the daughter) pala ni Duterte and ka golf niya si Judge. Si Lito Banayo kasama din ni Duterte at that time pinaka maraming smuggling ng rice. Iba talaga ang tao, iba iyong sinasabi but iba iyong ginagawa (The one who released the shipment of rice of David Bangayan was Judge Carpio – the father- in- law of the daughter of Duterte. He plays golf with the mayor. Duterte was always seen too with Lito Banayo who during his stint as head of the National Food Authority in July 2010 to his September 30, 2012 resignation saw the most number of smuggled rice in the country. Duterte actions were different from what he was saying), ” So said.
In an eight-page complaint in February 2014, agricultural group under the umbrella of SINAG asked the Supreme Court to investigate Judge Carpio for gross misconduct and unjust judgment.
Sinag said Carpio should be held administratively liable for his order dated Dec. 12, 2013 allowing the release of the rice shipment of Starcraft. The shipment was later sold to businessman Joseph Ngo.
Sinag said the RTC order violated Republic Act 1937 revising and codifying the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines. The law gives the Bureau of Customs (BOC) exclusive jurisdiction over seized smuggled shipments.
“By issuing the Writ of Preliminary Injunction, the Respondent (judge) exercised a power that he did not have and encroached upon the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Collector of Customs,” Sinag stressed.
Sinag cited the case of Rallos et al v. Judge Ireneo Lee Gako Jr. where trial courts were barred to decide over the property subject of the warrant of seizure and detention issued by the Bureau of Customs.
David Bangayan or David Tan was threatened to be killed by Duterte after the latter appeared last year in the Senate committee hearing about the former smuggling activities. Bangayan, who is a resident of Davao City, was seen, according to So, strutting his stuff there again as if there was no threat from Duterte, who was known to be killing suspected criminals in his city.
Bangayan was implicated by then 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 wanted to bid for import permits from the NFA, Justice de Lima told last year the Senate committee on agriculture
So, the chairman of Abono Party-list, assailed Duterte for bringing Banayo to his outings in different parts of the country.
Together with former NFA deputy administrator Jose D. Cordero, suspected smuggler 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 SINAG chief said he was not impressed by Duterte’s anti illegal drug’s strong advocacy since the proliferation of drugs happened because of the unstoppable influx of agricultural smuggling.
The Sinag chair said from the past years he ran roughshod with smugglers of rice and agricultural products.
“Where were these critics when we in Sinag and Abono were fighting 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. Ibig sabihin kung may shipment ka sa Davao at sa Zamboanga at 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.
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