Share your info, Biazon tells party list on rice-smuggling allegation



Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon: Share your info. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has neither confirmed nor denied the party-list group Abono’s claim that major ports in the Visayas and Mindanao were being used in the rampant smuggling of rice from China and Vietnam.

In a text message to the Inquirer on Monday, Biazon said that “issuing press statements with general allegations only serve to instigate a word war between us.”

He said this did not contribute to the campaign against smuggling.

“As I have repeatedly told them, if they have specific details and information about suspect rice shipments, it is better if they share them with me directly so I can mobilize to act on them,” he added.

Biazon said the BOC’s track record under his leadership would show his openness to cooperation, which leads to concrete results.

In a statement, Abono last weekend asked Malacañang to reorganize the BOC due to the agency’s failure to stop rice smuggling.

It said rice shipments from China and Vietnam were unloaded at various ports in the Visayas and Mindanao.

“Smuggled rice has flooded the market, reaching Nueva Ecija, Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union and even Isabela, the rice granary of the Philippines,” said Abono, which represents farmers and agriculture stakeholders in Congress.

The group said rice distribution usually started from northern and Central Luzon provinces to Metro Manila. From the metropolis, the rice is shipped to the cities of Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

But with smuggled rice, the grains are shipped from the three southern cities to Central Luzon and transported to northern Luzon.

According to Abono, the smuggled rice was usually declared as waste metal, wooden panels, tiles or used clothing.

Biazon has repeatedly said the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) “Run After the Smugglers,” or RATS, campaign was a “work in progress.”

He pointed to the BOC’s recent seizure of 420,000 50-kilo bags of Indian rice that were abandoned at the Subic Bay Freeport as the agency’s “biggest smuggled rice haul.”

“Had we not stopped the illegal rice importation, it could have caused tremendous damage to our local farmers. Add to that other illegal rice importations, like the Vietnamese rice shipment seized at the Legazpi port,” he said.

The bureau, he vowed, would never allow unscrupulous traders to exploit the privileges offered by the country’s various free trade zones, like the Port of Subic, to be their staging points for smuggling.

Biazon earlier acknowledged that smuggling was “one of the biggest problems facing the Bureau of Customs.”

However, he said it was “not true that we’re not addressing the problem.”

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  • doublecross

    ano ba naman nyan, paano kaya tayo uunlad kung ganyan pati BOC kasabwat…?

  • Fred

    Ruffy, wag mong rendahan sa Danny!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    After the Whistle-Blowers protection Law Bill is passed, 

    to avoid an instant extra Judicial death sentence or an enforced disappearance !

    Elementary my dear Watson !  

    Sherlock Holmes will have said. 

    Biazon don’t care Sir Conan Doyle,

    he cares only The Prince Machiavelli statement

    “to Govern is to make Peoples believes”

    this is the best Politician Hypocrisy lessons

  • bongarroyo

    Campaign period na kaya nagpapabango ang abono….

    Kung totoong may alam at may katibayan ipakita huwag iyong puro lang dada..

  • oidkcin

    I share nyo nga naman ang info para pati si Biazon ay makapag ismagol din harharhar.
    Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

    • MOTO

         baka matulungan mo namn ako na kumita, kailangan ko ng pera eh… matapang ang

      apog ko na mag blog kahit gaano kabuti ang tao sisiraan ko  tao kumita lang ako..

      san ba pede mag apply?

      • Danilo Navarro

        sama tayo mukhang madaming koneksiyon itong mga ito kikita tayo ng maganda pls oldkcin ibig mong sabihin,ewder weder lang sali ninyo kami hag kayong parang si lolong

    • Danilo Navarro

      malaki talaga galit mo kay pnoy ha..gusto mo impeach si pnoy file ka ng kaso sa sandigan bayan o sa sc..hag dito dada ka ng dada

  • IbigMongSabihin

    last week ang press yabang ni Agri Secretary Alcala ay nag produce ang pilipinas ng rice this year na over 50 times kaysa sa inaasahan na yearly rice production. ganoong maraming typhoons at wala namang significant improvements ginawa sa rice production methods. noynoy was very pleased with the news, tulad din noong 2011 ng sabihin ni alcala sa kanya na sa 2011 ay di na mag import ng rice ang pilipinas at sa 2012 ay pilipinas na ang magpapakain ng bigas sa ibang bansa.  just checked noynoy SONAs of 2011 & 2012 kung saan noynoy emphasized these things. ay naku, mahirap talaga pag ang pangulo ay madaling bilugin at ang na-appoint niya sa pwesto ay walang kakayahan at ang karamihan sa kababayan ay madaling utuin.

  • Andy Mendoza

    deaf and blind ang bureau of customs dito sa cagayan de oro, WALANG NAGAWA,! mixed rice and sugar with locally produce….don’t be blind mr. biazon….

  • Guest

    Kaya pala nananaba si Ruffy, he’s just sitting in his office waiting for intelligence to come from others. Pag hindi siya kumilos, talagang walang mangyayari. 

  • wawa2172

    Just do your homework Ruffy and be a tiger at customs. Curb the rice smuggling by tightening the customs operation. Masyadong maluwag ang mga ports customs natin at nalulusutan ka. The Abono have given you a hint, act on it, and work. Baka masayang ang appointment mo kay Noy and you will be considered as a big mistake. Anyway you are appointed at the custom because you are an LP so ano ba ang magagawa namin. Si General Lim ba yon? Tahimik yata siya ngayon. Sleeping? Wake up!!!!!

  • Danilo Navarro

    kung may alam kayo sa rice smuglling bakit di ninyo ituro ginagawa naman nila ang trabaho nila maki pag tulongan kayo o nililito lang ninyo ang boc kasi kakutsaba kayo ng rice smuglling..puro kayo hirit may alam pala kayo di maki pag tulungan kayo


    nangampanya na ang abono! bukas sino naman kaya? baka yung mga gwardya naman. hahaha

  • Edward Solilap

    Bakit kumikita itong mga smuggled rice wala ba itong mga bayad sa barko at kargador sa pier, kung meron man napakamura naman ng mga bigas sa ibang bansa kc nakakarating sa lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas tumutubo pa rin ang mga smuggler.

  • disqusted0fu

    Not addressing the problem? Really? Smuggling has become worse under the Aquino administration and under the leadership of Biazon in the BOC. Since 2010, smuggling has hit approximately $20 Billion each year. This has caused more unemployment and at the same time is diminishing local products.

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