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Smugglers also behind hoarding, group says

An umbrella agriculture industry group said the Supreme Court decision that stopped the enforcement of a local court’s order for the release of a shipment of smuggled rice here was a step in the right direction to curb the continued smuggling of rice.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

SC order allowing BOC to seize rice shipment helps drive vs smuggling—group

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An agriculture industry group lauded the Supreme Court for stopping the Davao court injunction against the Bureau of Customs’ seizure of a rice shipment that did not have an import permit.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘David Tan’ shows up at NBI

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A 33-year-old high school dropout surfaced on Tuesday to deny he was David Tan, but Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said he definitely looked like the wily kingpin behind a multibillion-peso rice smuggling syndicate that had eluded investigators for over a year.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Alcala glad ‘David Tan’ has surfaced to answer rice smuggling raps

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. FILE PHOTO

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala called it a “blessing” that the suspected rice smuggler known by the name of David Tan has finally surfaced. “It’s a blessing that what we have been saying all along about a ‘David Tan’ controlling rice smuggling in the country is true,” said Alcala.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Farmers want seized smuggled rice to be donated to ‘Yolanda’ victims now

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For three consecutive days, TEAM ALBAY and Office of Civil Defense Bicol, is the only group that conducts search and retrieval operation for the victim of Supertyphoon "Yolanda." MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

The leader of a farmers and irrigators’ coalition Sinag called on the government to donate all the smuggled rice to the Yolanda survivors amid reports that over 200,000 cavans of hot rice have again reached the Davao port.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Biggest rice smuggler pinpointed

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The head of a newly formed farmers and fishers group, former Abono party-list Rep. Rosendo So, urged government to look into reports that a certain “David Tan” was the head of the country’s biggest rice smuggling syndicate.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Farm sector says keeping Customs leadership intact a letdown

Agriculture sector leaders praised President Benigno Aquino III for criticizing the performance of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in his State of the Nation Address, but expressed disappointment when he rejected the resignation of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Palace hit for inaction over Customs shakeup

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Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Agriculture stakeholders expressed disappointment over Malacañang’s inaction on their manifesto, calling for a shakeup of leadership at the Bureau of Customs.

Posted: April 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Make farmers part of cash aid, group urges gov’t

ROSALES, Pangasinan—The government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, also known as the Pantawid Pampamilyang Pilipino program, should also serve farmers who have been marginalized by rice smuggling, a party-list group said here.   “If the government could not stop smuggling, then it should do something to help the farmers who are struggling to produce the [...]

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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