Traders charged for P19M onion, garlic smuggling

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2012 12:51 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2012 08:51 PM

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges against two traders for alleged smuggling of onions and garlic into the country.

Charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) by the BOC Run After the Smugglers (RATS) Group were Rady Garbosa, proprietor of Laguna-based RSG Marketing, and Carlos Uy, owner of Aqua Blue Marine Trading, for allegedly trying to smuggle in P19 million worth of onions and garlic from China.

Customs chief Ruffy Biazon bared that Garbosa allegedly misdeclared his P10 million onion shipment which arrived at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Aug. 2.

The shipment was seized after it was discovered during an inspection conducted by virtue of an Alert Order issued by Deputy Customs chief for Intelligence Group Danilo Lim.

Uy, meantime, allegedly tried to smuggle in 4 forty-foot container vans of garlic worth P9 million at the Port of Manila on June 27. His shipment was seized following inspection by virtue of an Alert Order issued by Deputy Commissioner Horacio Suansing.

"Our formal filing of smuggling cases against Garbosa and Uy today is just the start of an even more focused and determined initiative to get convictions on these two cases. We have to jail smugglers, if we want to put a stop to smuggling, especially those who indulge in [the smuggling of] agricultural products... it is virtually killing the family of onion [and garlic] raisers," he said.