Romualdez hails arrest of suspected large-scale onion smuggler
MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Martin Romualdez called the arrest of a man suspected of large-scale onion smuggling a “milestone” for the government’s fight against smuggling and hoarding of agricultural products.
In a statement on Sunday, Romualdez also attributed the arrest of Jayson de Roxas Taculog to the peroper coordination of the police, courts, and local governments.
“The arrest of Taculog is a significant milestone, but we will not stop here. The House remains steadfast in its duty to protect our nation’s food security and the interests of our farmers and consumers,” Romualdez said.
“Through these concerted efforts, we are witnessing tangible improvements in the agricultural sector. We stand firm in our duty to assist our citizens and ensure the resilience of our nation’s food security,” he added, noting the collaborative efforts between the executive and legislative departments.
The House speaker also lauded the Bureau of Customs for its “exemplary work in apprehending Taculog and thwarting large-scale agricultural smuggling, a vital step in curbing economic sabotage.”
Taculog’s arrest was announced by Senator Cynthia Villar on November 15.
According to Villar, Taculog was caught smuggling 30 containers of onions.
A total of 15 cases were filed against him, but most were dismissed by the court, she added.