250 tons of smuggled rice wind up in Duterte’s hometown
It’s the biggest smuggling attempt discovered by the Bureau of Customs in this area.
Customs personnel seized a shipment carrying 5,000 sacks of rice at the Port of Davao on Sunday, Nov. 19 after a failed attempt to smuggle these in from Malaysia.
In a statement, a cargo vessel carrying 250 tons of rice has been intercepted and confiscated by authorities, which are currently under the watch of the Philippine Navy to be turned over to Customs officials in Davao.
The shipment, which is said to be worth P4.6 million, is the largest rice smuggling attempt unearthed in the bailiwick of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Crew members of the apprehended ship claim to be Filipinos, but their records appear to trace them back to Malaysia, the bureau said.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña then asked all ports to tighten their security, as similar smuggling attempts could be more often with the holiday season drawing near.