Over 2,000 sacks of smuggled rice seized-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
AT LEAST 2,060 sacks of smuggled rice were confiscated on two separate occasions in Zamboanga City.
The first confiscation involved the shipment of 1,810 sacks of rice around 12:10 a.m. Saturday in the village of Baliwasan, said Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) officer-in-charge Jose Chiquito Malayo.
The Zamboanga City Public Safety Company personnel were conducting visibility patrol when they spotted eight cargo trucks loaded with rice.
The eight trucks along with the rice were impounded after the drivers failed to show documents of the shipment.
Meanwhile, another cargo truck loaded with 250 sacks rice was intercepted around 3:40 a.m. Saturday in the village of Sta. Catalina.
The driver, Monmamir Hamimon, also failed to present papers to transport the rice.
The confiscated rice and trucks are in the custody of the ZCPO and to be turned over to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for proper disposition.
Earlier, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar ordered the prohibition of smuggled rice in the city, stressing it kills the “lifeblood” of the local farmers. (Bong Garcia)