NFA chief charged with a lawsuit for alleged rice smuggling
National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino is one of the people that has been charged with a complaint for graft and economic sabotage by Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Lacson said that because of Aquino, two shipments of rice entered the country through the Port of Cagayan de Oro without necessary permits.
The first shipment was made on March 9 this year, containing 21,800 bags of Vietnamese long grain white rice, valued at $370,600. Then another shipment came in, with 18,200 bags of the same rice, valued at $309,400.
According to Lacson, Aquino disregarded this issue and even issued a certification of confirmation for the shipments in May.
“It must be emphasized that there is no law or NFA rule and regulation granting the Administrator the authority to issue permits with retroactive effect, much more issue permits without the requisite payment of taxes and duties being made,” Lacson said.