Ronald Dela Rosa to go after smugglers

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2018   •   3669

Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former Police Chief now Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa has an additional task after being chosen as president of the newly formed Anti-Crime Council of the Philippines (ACCP.)

A multi-sectoral council composed of law enforcement agencies, businessmen and other non-governmental organizations, ACCP aims to fight crimes and illicit trades particularly smuggling which is highly rampant in the country.

Dela Rosa said they are considering the adoption of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Oplan Tokhang in pursuing smugglers in the country.

“Kung ano iyong pinaka objective ng organisasyon which is to fight illicit trade iyon ang ating tutukan ngayon how to help the government fight illicit trade to particularly iyon smuggling,” said Dela Rosa.

Reports show that the government is losing P200 billion in revenue annually due to smuggling. Jess Arranza, the president of the Federation of Philippine Industries said one factor that contributes to the proliferation of smuggling activities in the country is the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. He cited as an example the rampant smuggling of cigarettes which is being blamed on the high excise tax imposed on tobacco products.

“Ikaw ba kapag bagsak ang presyo sa isang country pupunta ka? Ikaw smuggler ka, hindi ka pupunta sayang lang ang pagod mo, tutubuin mo centavo ang hinahanap nilang tutubuin piso, limang piso, sampung piso, dollar pa,” Arranza said.

(If you were a smuggler, would you go to a country where prices of goods are low? You’d be wasting your efforts earning a few centavos. Smugglers look to earn one peso, five pesos, 10 pesos, even in dollars.)

Meanwhile, the PNP expressed its support to Dela Rosa and vowed to join the agency in the conduct of Oplan Tokhang to smugglers.

“Probably ang suporta natin dito ay sa security side kung talagang mangangailangan sila ng security or enforcement coming from the Philippine National Police,” said PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

The agency encourages businessmen to report to them incidents of smuggling and ACCP will call the attention of police to launch Oplan Tokhang. ACCP vows to file appropriate charges against personalities who are involved in such illegal activity – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

P100M worth of smuggled frozen agri-fishery products seized in Navotas City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021

 

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.

Customs destroys P50-million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

 

Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga destroyed some P50 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes destroyed on April 13 were seized in separate operations since December 2020.

The bureau, together with representatives from different partner agencies, destroyed more than 1,278 master cases and 513 reams of cigarettes.

The seized cigarettes were crushed by payloader equipment in an outdoor yard, soaked with used oil to prevent recycling, dispersed with water by firemen, and disposed of in the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Salaan, it added.

The destruction and disposal of cigarettes is reported to be the first condemnation activity of the Port for this year.

The condemnation ceremony was witnessed by the local government unit, heads of partner law enforcement agencies, a representative from the Commission on Audit, Department of Health, and stakeholders, the BOC said.

“The immediate destruction and disposal of such contrabands was a firm directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to promote transparency and remove doubts of corruption, theft, or pilferage in the agency,” it added.

Senate, House ratify bill lowering height limit for uniformed personnel

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposal seeking to lower the minimum height requirement for applicants of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

During a session on Monday, both chambers adopted Senate Bill 1563 and House Bill 8261 or the proposed PNP, BFP, BJMP, BuCor Height Equality Act.

The reconciled bill provides that the minimum height limit for males to be appointed as officers or members of the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor shall be 1.57 meters or 5 feet 2 inches and 1.52 meters or 5 feet for females.

Currently, in order to be appointed as uniformed personnel of the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor, a male person must be at least 5 feet 4 inches, and a female person must be at least 5 feet 2 inches.

“Gaya po ng aking naunang deklarasyon, hindi po natin binababa ang standard na kailangan para makapagsilbi bilang pulis, firefighter, jail at correction officers. Ninanais po natin mabigyan ng pagkakataon makapagsilbi ang mga hindi nabiyayaan ng katangkaran,” said Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who authored and principally sponsored the Senate bill.

Dela Rosa, a former PNP chief, said the reconciled bill adopted the retention of the automatic waiver for members of the cultural minorities and Indigenous Peoples, as provided for in the Senate version. It also adopted the higher chamber’s provision lowering the height requirement for PNPA cadets.

“We retained the uniform height requirement for the PNP applicants including PNPA Cadets as stated in the Senate version of the bill,” Dela Rosa said.

“This chamber (Senate) can be a vehicle to limit or prohibit many things. But today, we have chosen to become a key in opening the gates of public service. We welcome those who may be less in height but possess the biggest of hearts for the service of the country,” he added.

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