Lilia wants smuggled sugar disappearance investigated PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 January 2015 14:54

District 2 Rep. Lilia Nuño on Saturday said that full dress investigation should be conducted on the disappearance of some 42.2 tons of confiscated smuggled sugar while under the Bureau of Customs (BoC) custody in this city.

Nuño’s statement came a day after Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar discovered that only 326 of the 1,170 sacks of 50 kilos each or 58.5 tons of confiscated smuggled sugar were in the custody of the Customs-Zamboanga District Office.

The 58.5 tons of smuggled sugar with an estimated worth of P 2.5 million were confiscated on Tuesday by combined police, military and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel near a beach in Barangay Bolong, 32.60 kilometers east of this city.

Nuño said that all those involved in the disappearance of the 42.2 tons of sugar must be held liable.

“What is happening to our city? After the rice smuggling, now it’s sugar. I’m calling for a full-blown investigation on this,” Nuño added.

Nuño said she would request the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food Security to include sugar smuggling in its investigation.

She disclosed the committee, chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar, is set to come to this city this month to investigate the rice smuggling.  — RGAAG