Binay: Use confiscated goods for victims

Posted at 08/09/12 12:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay is urging the Department of Finance to release seized items by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for use in relief efforts.

In a letter to Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Binay said these will greatly help those affected by heavy rains and floods in the past few days.

“In view of the devastation caused by torrential rains in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, I recommend we take immediate steps to release rice, food items, clothing and other similar items seized by the Bureau of Customs to the concerned government agencies for immediate distribution to the evacuees,” Binay told Purisima.

He noted the BOC recently seized 420,000 bags of illegally imported rice from India and 45,000 bags from Vietnam.