Mga Opisyal ng 4 na Kooperatiba sa Central Luzon, Kinasuhan ng Rice Smuggling

admin   •   January 11, 2013   •   2359

Sina Bureau of Customs Chief Ruffy Biazon at Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima sa pagsasampa ng kaso sa mga opisyal ng 4 na kooperatiba sa Central Luzon. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Sinampahan ng reklamo ng Bureau of Customs (BOC) ang tatlumpung opisyal ng apat na kooperatiba sa gitnang Luzon kaugnay ng smuggling ng tune-toneladang bigas mula sa Vietnam.

Batay sa reklamong inihain sa Department of Justice (DOJ), pitumpu’t walong-libong sako ng bigas na may kabuuuang halaga na P93.6 milyon ang tinangkang ipuslit sa Port of Legazpi City sa Bicol Region noong Setyembre 2012.

Kabilang sa mga inirereklamo ang mga opisyal ng Kapatirang Takusa Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Ugnayang Magbubukid ng San Isidro Cooperative, Malapampang Concerned Citizens Multi-Purpose Cooperative at Samahang Magsasaka Kapampangan at Katagalugan Multi-Purpose Cooperative na pawang naka-base sa Central Luzon.

Ayon sa BOC, lagpas din sa itinakdang kota ang dami ng bigas na tinangkang ipuslit ng nabanggit na mga kooperatiba.

Sinabi pa ni Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon na maaaring madagdagan pa ang bilang ng makakasuhang sangkot sa rice smuggling batay sa resulta ng imbestigasyon sa senado. (UNTV News)

Bill seeking 5-day paid calamity leave for disaster-stricken workers pushed in Senate

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking to provide a five-day special emergency leave for workers affected by natural calamities.

In filing Senate Bill No. 1123, De Lima proposes to grant disaster-stricken employees special emergency leave with pay.

It shall be made available upon the declaration of a state of calamity by the President or by the local government pursuant to Section 16 of Republic Act 10121.

In the absence of such declaration, the bill states that employers would have the discretion to grant the leave.

“It is incumbent upon the State to allow workers to protect not only themselves and their families but also their properties, in times of natural calamities or disasters,” she said in a statement.

Individuals eligible for a “calamity leave” include those who are either stranded or sick due to typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as those who are taking care of immediate family members or are repairing and cleaning up their damaged house.

To protect both the employer and the employee, De Lima said the availment of calamity leave “shall be limited to the grounds and circumstances, and only upon compliance with the requirements set forth and in conformity with the issued guidelines.”

The senator believes that the proposed measure would both aid Filipinos to stand up after the onslaught of calamities and disasters and provide them a few days of respite to facilitate the resumption of their daily activities.

“The profound environmental effect of natural disasters and/or calamities to the nation is inevitable, and it for that reason this proposed measure seeks to at the very least soften the blow of the unforeseen and the inescapable,” she said.

De Lima issued the statement in the wake of recent earthquakes that devastated parts of Mindanao, leaving more than 20 people dead and destroying thousands of infrastructures.

BOC seizes 2 containers of misdeclared steel from China

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Manila on Tuesday seized a misdeclared steel shipment from China.

The BOC said the two containers filled with stainless angle bars were consigned to Liuzhiga International Trading.

The shipment, which arrived at the port on October 19, was misdeclared as flat bars and steel sheets according to BOC Intelligence Group deputy commissioner Raniel Ramiro in a statement.

“The IG-CIIS (Intelligence Group-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service) received a report on 22 October 2019 from a reliable source that a certain shipment might have violated the Customs laws by gross misdeclaration in quality-description of goods,” Ramiro said.

He said the BOC unit then coordinated with Port of Manila District Collector Arsenia Ilagan on Monday to inspect the shipment.

Upon examination, authorities found stainless angle bars and steel sheets inside the containers contrary to the declaration filed by the consignee.

The agency said the value of the seized goods has yet to be determined, as of press time.

The BOC issued alert order and Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

“Further investigation is being conducted by the BOC prior to filing of appropriate charges against the personalities involved in the smuggling of goods,” the bureau said.

BOC seizes P3.5M worth of smuggled pork, meat products from China

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Manila on Monday seized two containers filled with misdeclared pork and other meat products worth P3.5 million.

The misdeclared products arrived at the South Harbor on Oct. 12 from China, the BOC said in a statement.

These were consigned to Jeniti International Trading and was processed by Customs Broker Arlene de Mateo Gonzales.

Based on the bureau’s initial report, the consignee declared the shipment as tomato paste and vermicelli with total declared duties and taxes of P288,576.

The BOC said the shipment was tagged “red,” which means it needs to undergo physical and documentary inspection and X-ray screening.

Upon closer inspection on Friday, Oct. 25, the Customs examiner discovered the misdeclared meat products.

The bureau has issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) against the said shipment for violation of Section 1400 “Misdeclaration, Misclassification and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration,” in relation to Section 1113 “Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture,” of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The seizure of the misdeclared meat products was amid efforts to control the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country.


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