MANILA, Philippines — Authorities intercepted about P100-million worth of smuggled agri-fishery products at a vacant lot in Navotas City Thursday afternoon, May 27.
Specifically, elements of the Sub-Task Group on Economic Intelligence (STG-EI) under the Task Group on Food Security held the anti-smuggling operation along Guillermo Street, San Rafael Village in Navotas City.
The operation resulted in the seizure of 12 refrigerated container vans loaded with assorted frozen pork, beef, jumbo shrimp, eel, black chicken, crawfish, Peking duck, and dory fish fillet.
The shipments originated from Vietnam, China, Germany and Belgium based on the markings on the boxes.
The container vans were opened in the presence of the alleged caretaker identified as Gilbert Abanso who revealed that the said shipments were not covered by any documentation such as import permits and clearances.
The STG-EI is composed of members from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Intelligence Coordinating Council (NICA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Meanwhile, representatives of the Bureau and Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) are now conducting full inventory prior to the disposition of the said smuggled items.
Documentation and filing of appropriate charges against the owner of the shipment is underway.