7 charged for smuggling P7M worth of rice

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has formally charged 6 traders and a broker for attempting to illegally bring into the country P7 million worth of rice from Taiwan and Vietnam.

In a press conference, Peter Manzano – Custom Deputy Commissioner for Revenue Collection and monitoring Group (RCMG) and head of the Run-After-The-Smugglers (RATS) program – said the case was filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, June 6.

The BOC charged Renato D. Nale, a businessman based in Cagayan de Oro- City and owner of Little Giant Trading Company, and his broker Steve S. Semblant.

Also charged were All System Logistics Inc. officers, led by its chairman of the board Mary Lou T. Estradam, CEO Antonio G. Estrada, corporate secretary Humphrey D. Tumaneng, treasurer Ana Myrna Gonzales, and director Anthony Dexer C. Yu.

The suspected smugglers were charged for violation of Sections 3601 and 3602, in relation to Section 101 and Sections 2503 and 2530, of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP).

According to BOC, Nale and his broker attempted to slip into the country 4 forty-footer container vans of rice worth P5 million from Taiwan at the Sub-Port of Mindanao Container Terminal. The container vans were misdeclared as pre-fabricated house.

Meanwhile, All System Logistics Inc officials were charged after attempting to smuggle 2 twenty-footer container vans of rice from Vietnam worth P 2 million on March 15 without required import permit from the National Food Authority.

The cases filed on Thursday brought the total number of cases filed against suspected smugglers to 133 since the start of the Aquino administration in 2010, the BOC said – Rappler.com