SEN. Pan­filo ‘Ping’ M. Lac­son

Tempo - - Editorial - (Cza­rina Ni­cole O. Ong)

files eco­nomic sab­o­tage, graft, and grave mis­con­duct charges against for­mer Bureau of Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Ni­canor Fael­don over al­leged rice smug­gling at the Port of Ca­gayan de Oro City be­fore the Om­buds­man yes­ter­day.

Sen. Pan­filo “Ping” M. Lac­son yes­ter­day filed eco­nomic sab­o­tage, graft, and grave mis­con­duct charges against for­mer Bureau of Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Ni­canor E. Fael­don and sev­eral other in­di­vid­u­als be­fore the Om­buds­man over the al­leged anoma­lous rice smug­gling ac­tiv­i­ties in Ca­gayan de Oro City.

In the com­plaint, Lac­son said that a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of rice ship­ments was con­signed to Cebu Lite Trad­ing Inc. last March.

On March 9, 2017, a ship­ment of 21,800 bags of Viet­namese Long Grain White Rice con­signed to CLTI en­tered the Port of Ca­gayan de Oro, which was val­ued at $370,600.

When the ship­ment ar­rived, CLTI did not pos­sess the re­quired doc­u­ments to al­low im­por­ta­tion, so on March 10, a re­quest to wit­ness spot check­ing of the cargo was made.

Fol­low­ing the spot check, the Cus­toms In­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice dis­cov­ered that the im­por­ta­tion was made with­out the re­quired im­port per­mit.

As a re­sult, the CIIS made a re­quest for the is­suance of an alert or­der for the ship­ment.

On the same date, an­other ship­ment of 18,200 bags of the same rice, val­ued at $309,400 also en­tered the Port of Ca­gayan de Oro.

The ship­ment was also made with­out any im­port per­mit. Be­cause of this, a re­quest for an alert or­der was made on March 16.

In both rice ship­ments con­signed to CLTI, Lac­son said there was a fail­ure to file the cor­re­spond­ing im­port en­tries within the 15-day pre­scrip­tive pe­riod.

(Alvin Ka­si­ban)

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