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House panel requested to subpoena alleged smugglers of agri products

January 23, 2023 - Monday 5:01 PM by Patricia Francia Lachica

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During a House inquiry, Sultan Kudarat Second District Representative Horacio Suansing Jr. revealed and requested the House Committee on Ways and Means to issue subpoenas for several brokers, importers, and facilitators allegedly involved in large-scale smuggling of agricultural commodities in the Philippines.

“It is our hope that this inquiry will help hold accountable and will reveal to our nation’s taxpayers, dutiful citizens, and most of all, to our local farmers the officials of government responsible for facilitating the proliferation of agricultural product smuggling in the country,” Suansing said.

He then proceeded to reveal the names of those allegedly involved in smuggling agricultural basic commodities into Philippine ports. Suansing identified the following names: Michael Ma, Lujene Ang, Andrew Chang, Beverly Peres, Aaron, Manuel Tan, Leah Cruz, Jun Diamante, Lucio Lim, Gerry Teves.

The lawmaker also requested records from the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Agriculture on the following consignees:

- Victory JM Enterprises
- Taculog International Consumer Goods Trading
- Asterzenmed Aggregates
- Veneta Consumer Goods Trading
- Lalavy Aggregates Trading
- Frankie Trading Enterprises
- Primex Export - Import Producer
- SB Express Logistics Business Solution
- Silver Pop Dry Goods Trading
- Thousand Sunny Enterprises
- Viogelas Viol Aggregates Trading
- Junezone Dry Goods Trading
- Burias Jang Consumer Goods Trading

Suansing likewise requested the records and documents from the Bureau of Customs on importer PilSHON Corporation, whose cigarette products allegedly flooded local markets “despite only being declared for transshipment to Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, Nueva Ecija First District Representative Mikaela Suansing emphasized the negative results of smuggling, especially in their area.

“With their lower prices (due to the absence of duties/taxes), smuggled commodities displace locally-produced agricultural commodities, thus negatively impacting the livelihood of the 10.6 million Filipinos working in the agriculture industry,” said Rep. Mikaela Suansing.

“As the Representative of the First District of Nueva Ecija, the country’s rice granary, this is particularly concerning to me – as the entry of cheaper, smuggled rice and onions from other countries has pushed down the buying price of the palay produced by our farmers to as low as P10 per kilogram (during the wet season) for palay and P150 per kilogram for red onions (despite the P600 per kilogram selling price of onions in the market),” she added.

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