BoC to file new smuggling cases vs. sugar, rice smugglers this month

January 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES – The chairman of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) said the Bureau of Customs (BoC) would file this month anti-smuggling cases against  those involved on the smuggling of sugar and rice in the country.
Engineer Rosendo So said smuggling case of multi-million pesos worth of sugar in August last year would be filed only this month  because the BOC wanted a strong case against the smugglers.
“The BOC wanted a tight case so they prepared all the necessary documents,” he said.
Some of those involved in the smuggling of rice, according to Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol, were police generals and the Zamboanga Custom Collector.
“My sources identified a certain Superintendent Ariel Huesca and SPO4 Estino, reportedly members of the intelligence group of the PNP in Zamboanga City as the point men of two police generals who are involved in the smuggling of agricultural commodities through the Zamboanga City’s small ports,” Pinol said in news reports in August 2016.
Sources, according to Piñol, also implicated  Zamboanga City Customs Collector Benhur Arabani in the unlawful act.

 The Bantay Dagat’s operatives apprehended the crew of M/B Sitti Aini, loaded with 584 bags of refined sugar, in Barangay Taluksangay, Zamboanga City.
The crew of two other boats were nabbed by the operatives in the same place.
So said the two illegal shipments of multi-million pesos of rice in Manila last August and November last year would be part of the criminal cases to be filed this month.
The 12 container vans carrying imported rice from China arrived at the South Harbor in the Port of Manila on August 20, 2016.

The consignor declared them to be filled with leatherette but was found by BoC officials to contain smuggled rice worth P20 million.
They were consigned to RPR International Trading in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
The other shipments of smuggled rice were discovered in November 7 and 13, 2016. The 26 shipping containers worth P40 million were apprehended at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
Commissioner Faeldon was alerted about the shipments after spurious documents were reportedly used to release the containers.
Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016 cited that a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of twice the fair value of the smuggled agricultural product and the aggregate amount of the taxes, duties and other charges avoided shall be imposed on any person who commits any of the acts enumerated under Section 3 of the Act. Section 3 cited the crime of large-scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage, involving sugar, corn, pork, poultry, garlic, onion, carrots, fish, and cruciferous vegetables, in its raw state, or which have undergone the simple processes of preparation or preservation for the market, with a minimum amount of one million pesos, or rice, with a minimum amount of ten million pesos, as valued by the BOC.
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