Customs plans to sue onion smugglers
DAGUPAN CITY – The Bureau of Customs has acted on the request of a group of agriculture stakeholders to file a case against companies which tried to smuggle into the country 88 containers of onions to last July.
In a letter to Samahang Industriya ng Magsasaka (Sinag) dated August 17, Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said he has endorsed the group’s letter to the bureau’s legal service and Revenue Collection Monitoring Group.
The Sinag asked Faeldon to file charges of economic sabotage against those who tried to smuggle 88 containers of onions into the country.
“This is the litmus test on both the resolve of the Duterte government to combat smuggling and the effectiveness of the recently signed law – RA 10845, that decreed the smuggling of agricultural products as an act that constitute economic sabotage,” said Rosendo So, Sinag chair, in the letter.
Faeldon said his endorsement of Sinag’s letter was for “appropriate action and file necessary case, if warranted, against the parties involved.”
Sinag wanted the BoC to file economic sabotage cases againsts the officers, representatives and brokers of Sanfred Trading and the Great Light Trading, the consignees of the cargos but which abandoned the 88 containers at the port.
Some of the containers opened during inspection showed that the onions were already germinating.
So said the Sinag hoped that the smugglers, who have doing “business,” will be apprehended, charged and punished accordingly.
“Many in the agriculture sector voted for President Digong because of his campaign promise to end smuggling,” So said.
Faeldon said he also directed the condemnation committee of the Manila International Container Port to send a report on the pork allegedly smuggled into the country by Vieva Green Growth, Inc.
He said the disposal of the 32 containers of pork intended for condemnation was not pushed through because of Sinag’s opposition.
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