Cooperative engaged in rice smuggling faces raps


Amid revelations that rice smugglers are using cash-strapped cooperatives as dummies, the Bureau of Customs filed smuggling charges against officials of a cooperative for the illegal importation of 28,000 sacks of rice worth P34 million. Named respondents are officers of the San Carlos Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Sacamuco), one of entities previously identified to be bringing rice into the Philippines without import permits. In 2013, the BOC filed 22 rice-related smuggling cases, seized P1.2 billion worth of illegally imported rice, and cancelled the accreditation of 14 importers.

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