By Tetch Torres-Tupas
The Supreme Court has refused to release almost 300,000 bags of allegedly smuggled rice seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in separate areas around the country even if the goods are ‘perishable.’
By Gil C. Cabacungan
The Goliath of rice smuggling, “David Tan,” is costing the country at least P7 billion in foregone duties every year, and massive opportunity losses for Filipino farmers whose palay production are being shunned by rice millers who prefer to buy smuggled rice already packed in cavans, or 50-kilo sacks.
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.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon ordered the release of 90 containers of smuggled rice seized earlier at the Subic Freeport in Zambales to help the government’s relief efforts for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
CAN a department head occupy two positions at the same time?