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BoC’s heightened anti-smuggling ops lauded

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ACT-CIS Partylist Rep. Eric Yap on Saturday lauded the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for its heightened anti-smuggling efforts that resulted in the confiscation of about P50-million worth of smuggled vegetables.

Yap pointed out that local farmers are the ones who “suffer the most” from smuggling.

“If these containers were not intercepted by the BoC, these smuggled vegetables could have flooded the local markets by now. At the end of the day, our farmers are the ones who suffer the most from this smuggling issue. They should not compete with these smuggled vegetables as their products should be our priority in terms of distribution and consumption,” Yap said.

The partylist solon recalled that BoC’s two-day operations led to the raids of at least three warehouses in Metro Manila and Subic, Zambales to pin down suspected smugglers of imported vegetables and other products.

“We are grateful to the BoC who have consistently stepped up their surveillance operations to secure the country’s national borders and protect the government revenue. We appreciate that they heeded our appeal for them to intensify their operations so we can protect our local farmers,” he stressed.

Last 13 October, Yap said BoC-Port of Manila investigated various alleged illegally imported fresh vegetables and other commodities kept at two warehouses in Tondo, Manila and Navotas.

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