Beng firm against smuggling activities PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 January 2015 14:53

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said that she will not tolerate smuggling and other illegal activities in this city.

Salazar’s statement came after the port police informed her that earlier Friday several people attempted to retrieve the confiscated smuggled sugar from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) warehouse purportedly per instruction from her.

“I will not tolerate the use of my name for smuggling activities. I will not tolerate smuggling and all other illegal activities,” Salazar said.

However, the PPA authorities did not honor the verbal request.

Deposited at the PPA warehouse were the 58.8 tons or 1,170 sacks of 50 kilos each of smuggled sugar that were intercepted on Tuesday by combined police, military and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel off this city.

The confiscated shipment of smuggled sugar is estimated to be worth Php 2.5 million based on the prevailing market price of sugar at Php 43 a kilo.

Salazar said she wrote a letter on Wednesday addressed to Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner John Philip Sevilla questioning the delay in the response of the Customs-Zamboanga District Office to efforts by police, military and PCG to turn over the seized smuggled sugar.

The smuggled sugar were seized on Tuesday aboard M/L Ylaiza Maye V near the beach of Barangay Bolong, 32.60 kilometers east of this city.

The vessel, escorted by the police, military and PCG personnel, was brought to the local wharf around 8:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The vessel, cargoes and crew were formally received by a representative from the Customs-Zamboanga District Office only at 9 a.m. Wednesday or more than 12 hours after the items arrived at the port.

“The response from the Customs Collector came 12 hours after. We have to show fast action versus smuggling,” Salazar said.