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Customs chief urged to quit over meat smuggling

Posted at | Updated as of 05/06/12 5:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Agap party-list representative Nicanor Briones called for the resignation Of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon or hog raisers will on a 5-day “pig holiday.”

Hog raisers have been demanding the removal of several officials from office, saying they failed to stop meat smuggling.

“Kung hindi niya kaya ang trabaho, mag-resign siya. Dati pagka-mainit na mainit ang isyu, sunud-sunod ang huli diyan sa Customs,” said Briones.

But Biazon insists that the agency has not been remiss in performing its duties.

“Kung wala man mahuli at this time, it’s because ‘yung in-institute natin 100% inspection, ‘yung ginagawa naman nu’ng mga nagpupuslit, humihinto. ‘Yun na nga ‘yung pruweba na epektibo ‘yung measures,” said Biazon.

Hog raisers explained that they don't have anything against imported meat.

They clarified that they oppose meat smuggling and how taxes are incorrectly applied to imported meat so that their prices are lower than local meat.

They also welcomed the resignation of lawyer Jane Bacayo, the executive director of the National Meat Inspection Service.

Dr. Efren Nuestro, the director of the Bureau of Animal Industry has also filed for an indefinite leave.

At the Kamuning market, vendors don't buy imported beef or pork. They said their boycott is their way of supporting local hog raisers. -- Reports from Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN News; ANC