20 persons nabbed for 'repacking' NFA rice

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


MARILAO, Bulacan -- Police arrested 20 persons for repacking sacks of National Food Authority (NFA) rice to be sold as commercial rice on Thursday.

The arrested persons were caught after members of Bulacan police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Team and Marilao police raided a warehouse in Barangay Abangan Sur, Marilao.

Bulacan acting police director Ferdinand Divina said Bulacan cops also intercepted two 10-wheeler trucks each loaded with 5,000 sacks of NFA rice inside the warehouse compound.

Superintendent Marcos Rivero, who also led the raid along with other policemen, identified the owners of the warehouse as spouses Roberto and Regina Paulenco, who were not in the area during the raid.

Rivero added that the team arrested a certain Juan San Luis, who claimed to be the warehouse manager.

Divina said that appropriate charges, ranging from price regulation act and economic sabotage, are being readied against the couple, the manager and the 20 workers repacking the NFA rice into the sacks of commercial rice.

The police have not yet released the names of the arrested workers, as of this posting.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado condemned the business practice, saying government rice should not be altered and must be sold at affordable price to the public.

Alvarado also instructed the police to intensify their operations against rice hoarders.

"Those behind these nefarious activities should be held responsible. The objective of the government to provide enough supply of food and cheap rice to the citizens is nice. However, there are indeed unscrupulous businessmen. They should face the consequences of what they did," he said.

The governor said that once the NFA rice was switched, it will be sold as commercial rice at a higher price. (PNA)

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