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.
By Germelina Lacorte
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?
By Tina G. Santos
The Bureau of Customs will push through with the public auction of some P1.2 billion worth of smuggled rice earlier seized in the ports of Cebu and Legazpi cities.
By Irene R. Sino Cruz
Around 100 sacks of smuggled rice kept in container vans at the Cebu International Port container yard have been stolen.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is set to auction 50 container vans of smuggled rice on June 6.
THE 600,000 sacks of confiscated Vietnam rice smuggled into the country recently will be sold after the May 13 elections, the Bureau of Customs-Cebu said yesterday.
By Jerry Esplanada
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) some 94,000 50-kilogram bags of smuggled Vietnamese rice the BOC seized in mid-July at the Subic Freeport in Zambales.
Because of the entry of smuggled rice into the country, rice millers from three northern Luzon provinces said they would not be able to buy palay from local farmers in the next harvest as their warehouses are still full and they do not have money to buy additional stocks.