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70 firms, including Globe, 45 customs brokers suspended due to violations

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Nine out of every 10 shipments of imported goods that pass through the country’s port are either misdeclared or undervalued, resulting in billions of pesos in lost government revenue, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOJ chief admits letter on WTO effects of PH rice import policy

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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.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Filipinos paying 40% more for rice

A RICE STALL at the Baguio City public market offers different varieties of rice from lowland and upland farms. File photo of EV ESPIRITU

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.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ship with 100,000 bags of Vietnam rice grounded in La Union

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.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

KMP, VACC hit cover-up of gov’t rice import scam

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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.”

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t importation of rice welcomed

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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.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Raps filed over P146-M sheep import

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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.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Consumers see no respite from higher prices of rice

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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.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DOJ action sought on monopolies

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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.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Farmers seek probe on ‘artificial’ palay shortage

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A militant farmers group on Sunday asked Congress to investigate increasing rice prices allegedly caused by “artificial palay shortage” and overpriced rice importations.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senators want ex-NFA chief to answer rice smuggle raps

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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.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

House probe set on tax-free imports, perks for Thai firm

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.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Controversy over Vietnam rice heats up

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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.

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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