Oliver Bugarin 8 0 0 3 min to read

A BOC warehouse examination turns up P1.8 billion worth of commodities and sugar.

During another examination at a warehouse in Batangas, authorities headed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) uncovered PHP1.8 billion worth of products, including local and imported sugar.

The team, along with a Letter of Authority (LOA) and Mission Order (MO), arrived at the warehouse inside the Central Asucarera Don Pedro in Barangay Lumbangan in Nasugbu town on Sunday, where they discovered the products, according to a statement released by the agency on Monday.

The inspection crew discovered around 197,590 sacks of domestic Don Pedro white sugar and 181,299 sacks of foreign MITR PHOL brand pure refined sugar from Thailand. Each sack holds 50 kilograms of sugar.

The owners, representatives, administrators, managers, lessees, occupants, or “whoever is in possession” of the commodities kept in the warehouse were served with the LOA and MO.

Since inspections of sugar storage facilities started in August, the BOC stated that it may be one of the “largest operations to date” for the organization.

The designated Customs examiners will make an inventory of the imported products and sugar located in the warehouse, which will be observed by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and warehouse representatives.

In the interim, the team secured the warehouse’s entrances and exits with padlocks, seals, and caution tape.

Along with the BOC, the examination was carried out in collaboration with personnel from the Philippine National Police’s Crime Investigation and Detection Group and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In light of the controversy surrounding the erroneous issuance of Sugar Order No. 4, which President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who also serves as Agriculture Secretary and Chairperson of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, rejected, the continuous inspection of warehouses suspected of housing sugar is being conducted.

The ruling would have permitted the importing of 300,000 metric tons of sugar.

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