Lacson files criminal complaint vs Faeldon and NFA Administrator Aquino

UNTV News   •   September 28, 2017   •   3927

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Senator Panfilo Lacson

 

MANILA, Philippines — Alleged conspiracy among officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the National Food Authority (NFA) to smuggle rice has prompted Senator Panfilo Lacson to file complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Lacson said, two shipments comprised of 21,800 sacks of Vietnamese rice arrived at port of Cagayan de Oro in March 2017. The shipment was consigned to Cebu Lite Trading Incorporated.

He explained that those cargoes were already forfeited in favor of the government due to lack of import permit and other necessary documents but still they were released.

The lawmaker said, it was a violation of Republic Act 10845 or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016 and RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“Dapat kumita yung gobyerno ng at least P34-million,  yun ang equivalent. Eh hindi naman, kasi ni-release yung bigas. Pinayagang ma-release ni Commissioner Faeldon (The government should have earned at least P34-million, that was the equivalent. Bu it did not, because the rice was released. Commissioner Faeldon allowed its release),” Sen. Lacson said.

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino is among the respondents for allegedly issuing import permit.

Respondents who are still active in government service are also facing administrative case for grave misconduct.

Lason said, this is just one of the complaints that he plans to file against Faeldon.

The senator said he wants to prove his prior allegations against the former BOC Chief.

“Ito hindi in retaliation sa kanyang mga ginagawa kundi just to prove my point (This is not in retaliation for what he did, but to prove my point),” Lacson added.

UNTV News is waiting for a statement from the side of Faeldon and Aquino as well as from the other respondents of the complaints. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Customs seizes P1 billion worth of counterfeit goods in Pasay

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

Counterfeit goods estimated to be worth P1.1 billion were seized in an operation in Baclaran, Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the BOC said the counterfeit items allegedly smuggled into the country were confiscated during an inspection on November 29.

“Armed with a Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, the implementing team composed of personnel from the IG CIIS-IPRD, BOC-POM, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) inspected the warehouses located in Pasay City,” the bureau said.

“The inspection led to the discovery of possible Intellectual Property Right (IPR)-infringing goods and are suspected smuggled counterfeit goods,” it added.

The BOC said its conduct of initial inventory of goods revealed numerous items bearing the brands of Victoria’s Secret, Birkenstock, Lacoste, Converse, Nike, Adidas, Jordan, Havaianas, Barbie, and HP to name a few.

“Further investigation is underway for possible violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (RA 8293) and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA 10863),” it added.

P3B revenues collected from pork imports under reduced tariff, increased MAV system

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has posted collections amounting to P3 billion from swine meat imports under a reduced tariff system, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

In a statement, the DOF said that the BOC reported 197 million kilograms (kg) of pork imports from April 7 to Nov. 12 this year.

However, the bureau estimated that it has foregone some P3.4 billion in revenues as of November due to the decreased tariff scheme.

The reduced tariff system was implemented in the second quarter of this year to boost the supply of pork and stabilize its retail prices in the domestic market.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte had issued a series of executive orders (EOs) that took effect starting April 7 to lower pork import tariffs and increase the allowable import volumes of the meat to help stabilize the domestic supply and prices of this food staple for the benefit of Filipino consumers.

Executive Order (EO) No. 128, which lowered pork import tariffs to 5 percent within its minimum access volume (MAV) and 15 percent outside MAV for the first three months, was in effect from April 7 to May 14.

EO 134, which superseded EO 128, set tariffs on pork imports under the MAV to 10 percent for the first three months, and 15 percent in the next nine months.

For imports outside the MAV, the tariffs are 20 percent for the first three months and 25 percent in the succeeding nine months.

The one-year effectivity of EO 134 began on May 15, 2021.

“To compute for the effect of the two EOs, we multiplied the dutiable value of meat by 25 percent—less 5 percent and 15 percent—which were already paid for EO 128, and multiply the dutiable value by 20 percent and 15 percent for EO 134. The result showed a revenue loss of P3.4 billion,” BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said during a recent meeting with DOF.

Guerrero said the volume of pork imports started spiking in March and continuously grew in April to May, but dropped starting June.

The volume of pork imports in April, the month when the two EOs took effect, grew 500.46 percent, from 4.07 million kg in the same month last year to 24.45 million kg.

“This dramatic increase in pork import volumes continued in May, when a total of 36.5 million kg entered the country, representing a 506-percent hike from the 6.02 million kg imported during the same period in 2020,” the BOC said.

In June, the bureau said that pork imports reached 33.62 million kg, which was 531.39 percent more than the 5.32 million kg brought into the country during the same period last year.

“Pork imports continued its steady drop in July, when volumes totaled 31.18 million kg, which was 370.4 percent more than the 6.63 million kg, recorded in the same month of 2020,” it added.

The agency also noted that in August, pork imports increased 271.59 percent year-on-year, and dropped to 164.55 percent in September and 78.47 percent in October.

The volume of pork imports was 6.41 million kg in August 2020 and 23.82 million kg in August 2021; 9.73 million kg in September 2o20 and 25.73 million kg in September 2021; and 10.85 million kg in October 2020 and 19.36 million kg in October 2021.

From November 1-12, pork imports of 7.47 million kg were lower by 11.64 percent compared to last year’s 8.46 million for the same period.

Smuggled onions declared as ‘mantou’ seized in Misamis Oriental

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Five containers of smuggled red onions misdeclared as “mantou” or Chinese steamed buns were seized in Misamis Oriental, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Friday.

In a statement, the BOC said its personnel at the Port of Cagayan confiscated the shipment after a spot inspection on Thursday at the Mindanao Container Terminal Sub-Port in Tagoloan town.

The shipment from China arrived at the port on November 13. It was consigned to EMV Consumer Goods Trading.

“After receiving a derogatory information from the Intelligence Group that the shipment may contain smuggled goods, Oliver Valiente, Chief, CIIS CDO Field Station requested District Collector Atty. Elvira Cruz to conduct a spot-check inspection against the said shipment,” the BOC said.

The shipment was estimated to be worth P14 million.

“CIIS CDO already requested for the grounding of the 19 remaining containers consigned to the same consignee pending a physical examination,” the bureau said.

A Warrant of Seizure and Detention will be issued against the shipment while the consignee may face charges for violation of the provisions of RA 10863 or Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, the BOC added.

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