Customs may donate smuggled rice to 'Pablo' aid

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2012 04:58 PM | Updated as of Dec 21 2012 12:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Thursday said he is looking at donating some of the rice shipments confiscated in Subic to victims of Typhoon Pablo.

Biazon said the Bureau of Customs has sold for P457 million the rice confiscated from suspected smugglers that are being investigated by the Senate.

He said the BOC filed cases against local traders for misdeclaring shipments of potatoes and carrots as other products. He said the shipments lacked necessary permits and documentation.

He also said the shipments affect local farmers.

The bureau on Thursday filed charges of violating Tariff and Customs laws against Rosario Menchavez and Loida Bracamonte of Rorumen Agricultural Products, and Edgar Pengson and Marlowe Soco of Kayrawan Enterprises.

The latest case involves fresh carrots, potatoes and other mixed vegetables from China and Korea worth P12.5 million that were seized in October and November.

Biazon also noted 3 recent convictions by the BOC in connection with anti-smuggling campaign.