Cebu trader faces smuggling raps
MANILA – A Cebu-based trader was charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for allegedly attempting to smuggle some P354 million worth of white rice from Vietnam.
Jane B. Mabano was charged for violations of the Tariffs and Customs Code for the March 31 shipment of 532 twenty-footer container vans of white rice allegedly misdeclared as "granite slabs, stone slabs, and ceiling insulator slabs" at the Port of Cebu.
Customs chief Ruffy Biazon said Mabano is the second consignee to be charged for the smuggling of 1,196 container vans of Vietnam rice at the said port.
"The BOC will relentlessly pursue legal action against all those involved in the biggest rice smuggling attempt in the Bureau of Customs. We will do everything within our means to get convictions on the cases we shall file against all those involved in the Cebu rice smuggling attempt," he said.
The complaint against Mabano is the 101st filed by the bureau, under its Run-After-the-Smugglers (RATS) program under Biazon's leadership.