BOC-Davao holds 85 vans of rice shipments-A A +A
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) District 12 is currently holding 85 20-foot containers of rice shipments as they are awaiting the decision of the court whether they should be released.
Newly-appointed BOC district collector retired Army general Ernesto Aradanas, during the interview on the sideline of the press conference at the Port of Davao, was not able to specify the owners of the rice shipments. He, however, affirmed that some shipments were owned by Dabawenyo businessman Joseph Mangupag Ngo who has a pending case before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16.
"Mixed consignees itong mga rice shipments. Hindi lang rin isa ang bill of lading nito dahil iba-iba ang nasa bills of lading, (The rice shipments have mixed consignees. There is no single bill of lading for these as there are different bills of lading)," Aradanas said.
The BOC district collector said that despite the ongoing case of Ngo, they have already issued a notice of abandonment for his rice shipments as they were already deemed abandoned after they were not claimed after more than 30 days.
But Aradanas said that with the issuance of the notice, this will be a start of another long process as there will be another set of hearings for the shipments before it will be auctioned off.
When asked if the BOC will file a smuggling case against Ngo, Aradanas said they will need concrete evidence that he has illegally imported rice. Aradanas, however, joked that they may not be able to file a case anymore because once Mayor Rodrigo Duterte finds out that Ngo is a rice smuggler, he may be killed.
Meanwhile, when asked about what he will do to Ngo if he finds out that he is a rice smuggler after the induction of officers of the Davao Sportswriters Association at the Grand Men Seng Hotel on Tuesday evening, Duterte, said: "Akoa pud na siyang patyon (I will also kill him)."
Duterte already made such threat when he testified before the senate hearing recently saying he will gladly kill suspected rice smuggling kingpin Davidson Bangayan, alias David Tan, if he chooses to operate in Davao City and resist arrest.
On the same note, the National Food Authority has already filed a complaint against Ngo for engaging in rice trading despite having no license. Ngo, however, is yet to respond to the complaint.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 20, 2014.