By Jerome Aning
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has admitted writing the 12-page document that thumbed down the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) position on the expired “special privilege” granted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that allowed the Philippines to restrict rice imports.
Filipinos are paying 40 percent more for rice because of import controls that make it more expensive for the government to bring in foreign rice to augment local supply, a top economist has said here.
More than 100,000 bags of rice imported from Vietnam by the government remained in a cargo ship that ran aground near the port of San Fernando City in La Union province last month.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
A militant group of farmers and an anticrime watchdog group lambasted what they said was a cover-up being made on corruption in the government importation of rice, which the anticrime watchdog group said should be the focus of investigators, not a hunt for “ghosts.”
Thousands of metric tons of rice imported from Vietnam are arriving in rice-producing areas in the Ilocos region in a move that an agriculture watchdog group, led by party-list leader Rosendo So, said is welcome, as long as the importation is done by the government and not left in the hands of the private sector.
By Carla P. Gomez
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and provincial veterinarian Renante Decena are facing criminal and administrative complaints filed in the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas for the P146.6-million purchase of sheep imported from Australia.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
Consumers in this city are anticipating higher rice prices even during the holidays as the debate over whether or not supply is sufficient took a twist with the justice department ordering an investigation of allegations that a recent importation of rice by the National Food Authority (NFA) is overpriced.
By Cynthia D. Balana
An anti-crime group has appealed to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to expedite the resolution of its complaint against officials of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and traders for allegedly engaging in cartel and monopoly.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
A militant farmers group on Sunday asked Congress to investigate increasing rice prices allegedly caused by “artificial palay shortage” and overpriced rice importations.
By Cathy C. Yamsuan
, Jeannette I. Andrade
Convinced that a syndicate is behind rice smuggling in the country, senators want the former head of the National Food Authority (NFA) to answer charges that he “favored” rice importers over domestic farmers as alleged by a disgruntled officer of a rice cooperative.
A lawmaker asked a House committee to investigate the alleged grant of a seven-year tax holiday, tax incentives for importation and other perks to a foreign company that plans to put up hog and poultry farms that local hog industry leaders said would be the last nail on the coffin of the local hog trade.
By Mar S. Arguelles
The controversy over the allegedly smuggled 94,000 bags of Vietnam rice worth P141 million continued to brew after three of the consignees of the National Food Authority denied they ordered the importation while another organization not on the list claimed ownership of part of the shipment.
LEGAZPI CITY—The National Food Authority (NFA) in Albay is now scrambling to secure all the needed documents that will authenticate the shipment of the P112-million Vietnamese rice impounded at the Legazpi port by the Bureau of Customs in Bicol. Legazpi customs collector lawyer Leovigildo Dayoza yesterday said he was compelled to issue a warrant [...]