NBI: 119 officials, importers part of garlic cartel


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NBI: 119 officials, importers part of garlic cartel

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed criminal complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman against 119 government officials and importers allegedly involved in a cartel that caused garlic prices to surge by up to 100% last year. Among those who face charges for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act are officials of the Bureau of Plant Industry, the Department of Agriculture and garlic importers. The NBI found one big importer who was able to corner at least 75% of all garlic imports in the country by taking advantage of loopholes in the system.

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