Monday, October 19, 2015

Cost of Agri Smuggling: Php182 Billion from 2010 - 2014

BOC seizes P85M worth of smuggled sugar at MICP
The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) claims that Php182 Billion in agricultural products and  were smuggled between 2010 to 2014. This nearly doubles the contraband amounting to php95 billion during the period 2005 – 2009.

An estimated Php80 billion was lost by the government with the smuggling of agricultural products. Said products included rice, onions, garlic, sugar, chicken and carrots. This comes in the heels of the attempted smuggling of sugar by Presidential pal, Virginia Torres last August this year.

Sinag decries that that this current dispensation has failed to curb smuggling that went under the administration of four (4) Bureau of Customs chiefs. “Since day one of his administration, we have urged President Aquino to look into the pestilence of this “daang madumi,” said Rosendo So, the chairman of Sinag.

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