February 3, 2017- SOME 8,000 bags of rice  worth P20 millionthat copuld have been smuggled into the country were seized in a raid by intelligence agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on February 2..
    Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon sid the rice was found in a warehouse at Cresda Ville Subd., Barangay San Juan in Taytay, Rizal.
    “The raid was in conjunction with our heightened efforts to stop all forms of agricultural smuggling as provided in Republic Act (RA) 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016 and in full compliance with the policy of Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Inter-Agency Task Force composed of BOC, National Food Authority, Department of Agriculture (DA), and Office of the Cabinet Secretary of the Office of the President,” Faeldon said.
    Faeldon cited that agricultural smuggling, especially rice , would prompt the BOC to file charges of  economic sabotage against violators as provided under RA 10845, of evidence shows this was the case.. ‘
    CIIS Director Neil L. Estrella, said the warehouse owner was identified as Bernadette Ang of Baranagay San Juan, Taytay.
    “We are currently tracing the origin of the seized rice since Ang has not presented import documents to justify its importation into the country,” he stressed.
    Estrella cited the success of the raid through the full support of representatives of DA, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, and barangay officials jn the area.
    The warehouse where the rice stocks are stored has been padlocked and is now under watch by agents of the BOC.


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