Customs studying economic sabotage raps vs agri smugglers
The Bureau of Customs said it is studying the possible filing of economic sabotage charges against groups that smuggled agricultural products into the country.
Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon reacted to the call of the agricultural group SINAG, which earlier lamented that smugglers bravely continue their business because no one has been charged with economic sabotage.
Traders identified by SINAG are Sanfred Trading and Great Light Trading — which were found with smuggled red onions at the Manila International Container Port — and RPR International Trading — which was caught smuggling rice at the Port of Manila.
Faeldon said the BOC is gathering evidence in order to build a strong case against the traders, but he noted that the process “cannot be completed in a day.”
He said the Bureau is studying how Republic Act No. 10845, which declares large-scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage, can be used to charge smugglers.