Police generals, allegedly involved in smuggling of agri products
DA chief Manny Piñol revealed that three boats are now under the custody of the Bureau of Customs due to smuggled white sugar found in the fishing vessels, Philippine Star said.
Initial reports from Customs said that M/B Sitti Aini, one of the vessels, contains 584 bags of refined sugar.
The two other vessels, the report said, are still undergoing inspection and authorities have yet to estimate the total value of the seized sugar.
Piñol then revealed that police generals are purportedly involved in the illegal smuggling of sugar and other agricultural commodities.
“My sources identified a certain Superintendent Ariel Huesca and SPO4 Estino, reportedly members of the intelligence group of the PNP in Zamboanga City as the point men of two police generals who are involved in the smuggling of agricultural commodities through the Zamboanga City’s small ports,” he said in the report.
“They also implicated the Zamboanga City Customs Collector Benhur Arabani in the smuggling activities,” the DA secretary added.
Bantay Dagat members in Barangay Taluksangay, Zamboanga City interrupted the three boats allegedly loaded with smuggled sugar, reports said.
“Zamboanga City is notorious for being the drop-off point of smuggled agricultural goods, especially rice and sugar,” Piñol explained.