NBI files complaint vs six onion smugglers

Nillicent Bautista - The Philippine Star
NBI files complaint vs six onion smugglers
A market vendor shows the size comparison of the onion bought from local farmers and a giant onion that came from an undisclosed origin at the Marikina City Public Market on January 23, 2023.
STAR / Jesse Bustos

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed on Monday a complaint against six unnamed suspects allegedly hoarding onions and engaging in profiteering in December last year.

More charges will be filed pending case build-up, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“This is just one of the cases being developed by the DOJ, but there will be other cases filed up to the point of economic sabotage after we finish the case build-up and data evaluation,” Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said in Filipino at a press conference.

“This is just the start. We will continue until it becomes clear to everyone that price manipulation in our market is unlawful,” he added.

Remulla confirmed that there are government officials involved in onion smuggling and price manipulation cases.

The NBI handed over to the National Prosecution Service preliminary documents related to the hoarding and profiteering of onions. — Alexis Romero

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