Council to PRRD: Investigate smuggling Print
Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:35

By RG Antonet Go

The City Council of Zamboanga  has asked the Office of the President  to investigate rampant smuggling activities in the city of Zamboanga.

The resolution came four years after a prior resolution was passed asking then President Noynoy Aquino to address the city’s seemingly unsolvable smuggling problem.

Second District Councilor, Miguel Alavar III, who described the current smuggling situation as “alarming” proposed the resolution during the Council’s regular session last Tuesday.

The proposed resolution was approved unanimously by the City Council.

“Lleva ya kita coneste na mas alto opisina na Office of the President to erase all doubts para akaba ya este problema,” Alavar said in an interview.

Alavar said that he is hoping that concerned agencies will cooperate in the investigation to be done by the Office of the President, should it materialize.

He said that a lot of names have already been dragged into the smuggling controversy, including the Bureau of Customs, the police and even the City Council.

The resolution was approved after the reported disappearance of ten trucks loaded with smuggled goods at a private wharf last week.

Last Saturday, Navy personnel also apprehended a motor vessel loaded with 27,000 sacks of reported smuggled rice off the coast of Olutanga Island.

“We are optimistic tiene este buen action cay sabe kita el Duterte administration, hende se ta deha ansina clase maga asunto.”

This is not however the first time that Zamboanga councilors passed a resolution asking the Office of the President to investigate smuggling activities in Zamboanga.

In December 2014,  the City Council asked then President Noynoy Aquino through an independent body, to investigate reports of rampant smuggling in the city.

The council also asked the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation on the issue.

Then Councilor Charlie Mariano, author of the resolution, said that Zamboanga city is fast becoming a haven for smugglers.

Another legislator accused Zamboanga police of protecting the entry of smuggled items.

A month before, Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco asked the help of Senator Francis Pangilinan in addressing smuggling issues in the port of Zamboanga.

There was no reported action on the requests of the Zamboanga local government.  (RGAAGo)