Provide your email for confirmation

Tell us a bit about yourself

country *
province *

why we ask about location

Please provide your email address

Login

To share your thoughts

Don't have an account?

Login with email

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue signing in. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Sign up

Ready to get started

Already have an account?

Sign up with email

By signing up you agree to Rappler’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue registering. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Join Rappler+

How often would you like to pay?

Monthly Subscription

Your payment was interrupted

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

Your payment didn’t go through

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

5 rice importers probed for smuggling

MANILA, Philippines – Five firms are now being investigated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for allegedly smuggling 75% of the 200,000 tons of rice imported into the country without permits in 2013.

These companies include Bold Bidder, Starcraft, Intercontinental Drains, Medaglia de Oro and Silent Royalty, Customs Chief John "Sunny" Sevilla disclosed on Thursday, February 20.

Sevilla said that Starcraft, Bold Bidder and Silent Royalty are now subject of heightened monitoring. The 3 secured court orders that prevented BOC from seizing their imports.

Starcraft is a company reportedly linked to alleged big-time smuggler Davidson Bangayan, a.k.a David Tan, who now faces a perjury complaint for lying about his identity under oath.

Sevilla also added that initial investigation showed bureau personnel might be involved in the illegal importations. Importing without permit is smuggling, he said. 

"Yes, now we're looking at personalities inside the bureau. Tandaan n'yo walang import transaction ang makakapasok sa PH na walang nagpro-process informally. Kung may kalokahan mangyari, may kasabwat sa loob, so we want to hold our own people accountable," he explained.

(Yes, now we're looking at personalities inside the bureau. Remember that no import can enter the Philippines without someone informally processing it. If anything illegal happens, there's an insider cooperating, so we want to hold our own people accountable.)

Sevilla explained that the imports of the 5 companies did not have permits based on National Food Authority records. He said it was possible that the firms presented fake permits. – Rappler.com