Beng backs Senate in probe on black corral smuggling PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2011 16:56

House Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco has expressed all out support to the Senate investigation on marine poaching hoping that the probe will succeed in getting to the bottom of the case.

Climaco said she is saddened by the fact that Zamboanga City is made a transshipment point of protected marine products extracted from neighboring areas. The volume of the illegal marine products seized in Manila and discovered in warehouses in San Roque is a result of not only devastation of marine resources but also the destruction of the environment, she stressed.

The Senate committee on environment chaired by Sen. Miguel Zubiri will resume investigation at the Senate today with additional list of invitees who are expected to provide valuable information concerning the over P35 million worth of illegal marine products seized in Manila as well as the tons of similar items discovered in the San Roque warehouse. Subject of the investigation is Olivia Li and husband Joe Pring with various aliases, who are said to be the shipper of the items.
According to Climaco, she supports the Senate investigation and hopes that the real perpetrators will be punished in accordance with the law.

Specifically, she said some agencies have to explain why cases on similar offenses against the same suspects pending in the City Prosecutor’s Office for several years now have not been acted upon until the other day.

On the other hand, the lady solon from District I said the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) and other agencies concerned should come up with stricter regulations on foreigners who marry Filipina wives and become legitimate businessmen in the city and other parts of the country.

Climaco noted the increasing incidences of Filipino women being married to foreigners enabling the latter to do business, most often illegal business, in the country including Zamboanga City.  This deceiving goal of some foreigners is tantamount to exploitation of women, she said.

She cited the case of Li including those cases related to shabu laboratories and drug-related incidents that happened in the country recently.
She vowed to support whatever measures that will be recommended to stop the malpractice of some foreigners who marry Filipino women in order to do their illegal trade in the country. — Marvin Segura