More inspection of sugar warehouses in the coming days, says Palace

Malacañang on Thursday said authorities would conduct more inspections of sugar warehouses in the next days.advertisement

At a press conference, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles mentioned that Customs agents had exercised their “visitorial powers” in a warehouse in Pampanga as part of the directive of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to check warehouses that may be hoarding or keeping smuggled sugar.

Following the inspection in Pampanga earlier in the day, Cruz-Angeles said another inspection was conducted on a warehouse in Bulacan but provided no other details.

“This is a series of raids. Yes po we can confirm that there is another warehouse in the vicinity of Bulacan, di ko pa po ma-confirm kasi di ako sure kung tapos na ‘yung pag-inspect ng BOC (I cannot confirm because I’m not sure if the inspection is already finished). But we can confirm that there is another one today and possibly more in the coming days,” she said.

Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez said “the BOC’s Pampanga sugar warehouse raid may very well serve as a warning to unscrupulous traders who are currently hoarding their stocks of sugar in order to profit from the current artificial sugar shortage situation.”

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Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry as well as those from the Sugar Regulatory Administration have inspected the Pampanga warehouse to check if the sugar were hoarded, Cruz-Angeles said.

If proven that the Thailand sugar were smuggled, the warehouse owners may face charges of smuggling in relation to the provisions of The Customs Modernization Act (CMTA), according to the Office of the Press Secretary.

The raid was conducted amid issues on the sugar importation as well as the soaring prices of sugar in the market.

Meanwhile, the Palace has confirmed that the proposed amount of sugar that will be imported is 150,000 metric tons.

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