Despite resignations, execs involved in sugar import fiasco still liable — Zubiri | Inquirer News

Despite resignations, execs involved in sugar import fiasco still liable — Zubiri

/ 07:07 PM August 16, 2022
Government officials who have resigned due to sugar import fiasco will still be held liable, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said on Tuesday.

ZUBIRI SEEKS INVESTIGATION VS SRA: Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri, in a privilege speech Monday, August 15, 2022, urges the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to investigate the recently exposed irregularities at the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and asked its high ranking officials to resign. Senate PRIB file photo / Bibo Nueva Espana

MANILA, Philippines — Government officials who have resigned due to sugar import fiasco will still be held liable, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said on Tuesday.

“We welcome the resignation of the SRA (Sugar Regulatory Administration) Administrator and all the other signatories of the illegal Sugar Order # 4,” he told reporters in a message.

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“However that does not clear them from any possible liability resulting from violations of existing laws such as the Graft and Corrupt Practices Act as well as the Anti-smuggling Act. The investigations will continue,” he added.

Zubiri recently said that kickbacks from sugar importation may reach up to P600 million.

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Meanwhile, Senator JV Ejercito hoped that the next SRA administrator would have concern on the plight of local sugar farmers.

If not, the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015 and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, which he authored, will “go to waste.”

“Welcome development ang pag resign ng mga SRA at Agri officials na may kinalaman sa sobrang pang import ng asukal,” Ejercito said in a statement.

(The resignation of SRA and agriculture officials involved in the excessive import of sugar is a welcome development.)

“Sana naman may malasakit na ang mga ipalit!,” he continued.

(I hope they replace them with people who care.)

The SRA earlier posted on its website a copy of Sugar Order No. 4 which authorizes the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar.

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Malacañang then denied the document, saying that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. dismissed the proposed importation.

Agriculture Undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian then resigned followed by SRA board member Atty. Roland Beltran.

SRA chief Hermenegildo Serafica is the latest official to quit his position.

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