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Authorities stop the hoarding of onions and garlic worth P135 million.

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During separate inspections at warehouses and enterprises in Manila and Malabon City, authorities prevented the hoarding of imported onions and garlic valued at PHP135 million.

Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), stated on Saturday that the operations took place between 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday and involved 23 warehouses and businesses in the two cities.

Personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Customs, and the CIDG-Anti-Transnational Crime Unit participated in the joint operations.

A total of 18 warehouses along Carmen Planas Street, and three warehouses along Sto. Cristo Street, one warehouse in Binondo, Manila, and another in Balut, Tondo, Manila, according to Caramat, were busted for 40 to 50 tons of imported onion and garlic valued at PHP40 million.

An estimated 250 tons of imported onions and garlic, valued at around PHP95 million, were seized from a warehouse in Barangay Catmon, Malabon City, which is located along Governor Pascual Avenue.

In a statement, Caramat stated that the operation was taken out in response to many reports of the illegal importation and hoarding of agricultural items, mainly locally grown onions, and garlic.

As investigations are ongoing to identify the people allegedly involved in the alleged illicit acts and to prepare the necessary criminal charges, the seized goods have been sealed and padlocked.

To aid them in their attempts to preserve a fair and legal market for these necessary goods, the authorities urged the populace to report any illicit activity relating to the importation, storage, and distribution of agricultural products.

Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., the chief of the Philippine National Police, expressed his happiness with the successful operation.

In our fight against criminal operations in the agriculture sector, this is a significant step, he declared. “The widespread illegal importation and stockpiling of agricultural items, especially onions, and garlic, is a severe worry that jeopardizes both the livelihood of our farmers and the nation’s ability to feed itself. We’ll keep collaborating closely with our partner organizations to stop these wrongdoings and bring the offenders to justice.

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