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Customs to beef up capability vs rice smuggling

Concerned that there would be more attempts to smuggle rice into the country, the Bureau of Customs is acquiring around 20 watercraft that would be used for patrol to prevent crimes committed at sea......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 16th, 2018

Customs to create regional anti-smuggling task forces

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) is forming national and regional anti-smuggling task forces to beef up the agency’s operations against illegal traders, Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña announced on Friday, Jan. 26. The nationwide task force will have regional task forces and the first to be created may be in “Zamboanga, where smuggling is reported to […] The post Customs to create regional anti-smuggling task forces appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Jail rice smugllers --Villar

SENATOR Cynthia Villar urged the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the National Food Authority (NFA) to immediately investigate and file cases against those involved in rice smuggling in the country. This was the reaction of Villar, Senate committee on agriculture and food chair, after the Philippine Coast Guard operatives seized….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Rice smuggling rap non-bailable — Ping

The rice smuggling rap against National Food Administrator Jason Aquino and ex-Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is the first ever under the Anti-Agricultural Sm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

DOF, BOC start consultations on IRR for new Customs law

The BOC chief said under the new law, he plans to beef up border security measures, especially in provincial ports to beef up customs collections and prevent smuggling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

BoC to expand data-sharing efforts with other agencies

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) said it is hoping to implement a data-sharing system with other law enforcement agencies to aid anti-smuggling efforts......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News16 hr. 57 min. ago

Customs enlists help of PH Armed Forces, Coast Guard vs smuggling

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) is seeking the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to expand its anti-smuggling task force, the Department of Finance said on Tuesday. In his report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd during an executive committee (Execom) meeting, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said [...] The post Customs enlists help of PH Armed Forces, Coast Guard vs smuggling appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News19 hr. 10 min. ago

Customs eyes collaboration with AFP, PCG vs smuggling

The Bureau of Customs is planning to team up with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard to expand its anti-smuggling task force and intensify its campaign against illicit trade......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Lapeña ‘ballistic’ over smuggling in Mindanao port

DESCRIBING those involved as “wicked individuals,” Bureau of Customs (BoC) commissioner, Isidro Lapeña, ordered the relief of the top officials at the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, over the successful smuggling of 25 container vans containing sugar and onions last month. “I will go after these….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

BoC charges onion, cigarette ‘smugglers’

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Friday filed smuggling charges against four traders and two licensed customs brokers for their alleged involvement in a foiled attempt to smuggle red onions and cigarettes into the country last April. In a statement, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña identified the accused as Joseph Martin….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Next tourist hub

Tagged as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the breathtaking Banaue Rice Terraces are being eyed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the next major tourist destination, given Ifugao province’s well-preserved natural environment and indigenous culture, customs and traditions. The provincial government has launched a homestay drive where residents are encouraged to accept tourists into their […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Group fears gov t rice policy to breed smuggling

An industry group has expressed its apprehension towards the government's new rice importation policy after some 100,000 sacks of rice were found smuggled at the Manila International Container.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Customs seizes P250-million smuggled Thai rice

The Bureau of Customs confiscated yesterday 100,000 sacks of commercial Thailand rice with an estimated value of P250 million at the Manila International Container Port......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

BOC intercepts 100,000 sacks of Thai rice worth P250-M

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena inspects 1 of 200 containers containing Thailand white rice estimated to be worth 250 million pesos which the bureau confiscated at the Manila International Conta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

P250M of smuggled rice seized — report

THE Bureau of Customs seized P250 million worth of smuggled rice at the Manila International Container Terminal on Thursday, according to a radio report. Customs chief Isidro Lapena inspected about 200 containers with the smuggled high quality Thai rice from Vietnam, it said. Last April, Customs previously seized P67 million worth of smuggled rice from Zamboanga [...] The post P250M of smuggled rice seized — report appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Rody OKs rice imports to augment NFA buffer

By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales President Duterte has allowed the National Food Authority (NFA) to import 250,000 metric tons of rice amid reports of a shortage in government stock of the staple grain.Inter-agency NFA Council chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said Mr. Duterte has allowed the importation aside from an expected shipment of 325,000 MT of rice in February.“We have no option but to follow the President to activate the 250,000 MT on standby that will be on top of the 325,000 MT that will arrive anytime this month,” Evasco said.It turns out, however, that Presidential spokesman Harry Roque missed the President’s instruction to Evasco.Talking to reporters at Palace briefing, Roque said there is no need to import rice yet. “The point is, there’s already rice on its way, no need to authorize the standby order of 250,000 MT because there’s more than enough rice on its way to beef up the NFA stock,” Roque said. Claiming that there is no rice shortage, NFA administrator Jason Aquino said he plans to import rice to replenish the buffer stock.Notably, Evasco and Aquino had been at odds with each other on what mode of rice importation should be done.Evasco cited elements inside the NFA that manipulate importation processes to make money from it.Roque said that Evasco has nonetheless the trust of Mr. Duterte.“If he [Evasco] sees that there are rumblings because somebody wants to make money, so be it, but I’m happy that Secretary Evasco is on top of the situation,” Roque said. “He enjoys full trust and confidence of the President, that’s why until now the President has not commented on this issue because he trusts that Secretary Evasco will do what is best,” he added.Binay: ‘Get your acts together’Sen. Nancy Binay, however, urged agriculture officials to get their acts together on the reported shortage in rice supply of the NFA.Binay took note of the conflicting claims of NFA and Department of Agriculture (DA) officials on the status of NFA rice supply in the market.“My call is for them to hopefully talk. They should stop talking behind the back or blaming each other. It’s high time that they talk and settle the forecasting on the country’s rice stock,” she said.“I hope that DA (Department of Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol, the NFA Council, and the NFA leadership would sit down and discuss this matter. They should give priority to the need of the nation more than the internal issues among the different agencies,” Binay said.NFA spokesman Rebecca Olarte, last week, said that NFA-accredited rice retailers will not be able to sell NFA rice for the time being and confirmed that it has decided to temporarily discontinue issuing NFA rice to accredited retailers due to low supply.Piñol and Evasco belied the rice shortage, insisting that there is no shortfall on the rice supply in the country and they even said that there are enough stocks for consumption for the next 96 days.“My only concern is that we do not need to reach the stage when the poor can’t buy NFA rice. I guess it is a wakeup call for everybody,” said Binay.The senator herself attested the apparent lack in supply of NFA rice as she tried to purchase some for distribution as relief goods and was told that the price increased from P1,400 to P1,600 per sack.Binay supported the move taken by Sen. Cynthia Villar in conducting an investigation on whether there’s “artificial” rice supply shortage to effect an increase in the price of NFA rice in the market.Meanwhile, the government is expecting palay or paddy rice harvest of 3 million metric tons in the first quarter, which will augment the 2.8 million metric ton surplus from 2017, Agriculture Secretary Emanuel Piñol told DZMM.Piñol said there was no shortage in subsidized rice sold by the NFA, adding raising prices due to an alleged lack in supply amounted to “daylight robbery. Jason Faustino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

DOJ suspends 3 Pasay fiscals over corruption

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has suspended for 60 days three Pasay City prosecutors who ordered the release of an airport Customs officer and a couple arrested for alleged smuggling of P6 million worth of jewelry......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Govt officials tagged in NAIA smuggling

Billions worth of jewelry brought in with help of customs, prosecutors THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Thursday tagged officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC), and some prosecutors in a jewelry smuggling operation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) believed to have helped fund terrorists and insurgents. PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said the [...] The post Govt officials tagged in NAIA smuggling appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Customs employee, 2 others arrested for smuggling P3-M jewelry - Rappler

Customs employee, 2 others arrested for smuggling P3-M jewelry - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

EDITORIAL - Missing pieces

He has faced a Senate inquiry and provided controversial testimony relating to corruption in the Bureau of Customs. Businessman Mark Taguba is at the heart of the investigation into the smuggling of P6.5 billion worth of shabu from China last year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

Valenzuela court drops drug raps vs Taguba

For the second time, a Valenzuela court has dismissed the illegal drug charges filed against Customs fixer Mark Ruben Taguba and two other respondents in a case involving the smuggling of shabu worth P6.4 billion from China......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018