Anti-Agri smuggling act will complement Duterte’s anti-corruption efforts – SINAG
In a press release dated May 26, Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) sees signing of the Republic Act 10845, “An Act declaring smuggling of agricultural commodities as economic sabotage”, as a tool that will work hand in hand with incoming administration’s efforts to combat smuggling.
With the anti-corruption hopes raised by the incoming administration under presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte, SINAG believes that the passage of the act will further augment battle against agricultural smuggling. SINAG chair Rosendo So said in a statement that the agriculture industry has long petitioned for the passage of the said act because of the unfavorable consequences of smuggling to the livelihood of farmers and fisherfolks over the past 6 years.
“Smuggling has flourished and continues to thrive under the current government, and we are hoping that this new anti-smuggling law will complement the commitment of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to combat smuggling,” So commented.
The proposed law states that the amount of smuggled product subject to economic sabotage is equal or more than Php10 million for rice products, and equal or more than Php1 million for other agricultural products including corn, sugar, pork, garlic, poultry, onion, fish, carrots, and cruciferous vegetables.
Life imprisonment will be imposed to sumgglers and their cohorts, in addition to a fine of double the fair value of the smuggled agricultural product and the aggregate value of the taxes, duties and other charges avoided.
SINAG said that RA 10845 is the product of the combined efforts and vigilance of the agriculture industry over the last three, together with the support of ABONO Partylist Congressman Conrad Estrella, Senator Cynthia Villar and Senator JV Ejercito.