Businesswoman, broker charged with smuggling P16-M onions
Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) - February 23, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - A businesswoman and her broker were charged by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Thursday with allegedly smuggling P16 million worth of onions from China.

In a statement, BOC Commissioner Rufino Biazon said they filed a complaint with the Department of Justice against ETR Trading owner Emelita Ramirez and her broker, Shiela Larrachochea, for reportedly using fake import permits to bring four 40-footer shipping containers of fresh red onions into the country.

“These attempts to bring into the country illegally imported onions are not intended to fill in a demand or shortage, but simply, to exploit the high demand for the crop, to the detriment… of our local farmers,” Biazon said.

 

BIAZON BOC BRING BROKER BUREAU OF CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER RUFINO BIAZON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EMELITA RAMIREZ ONIONS SHIELA LARRACHOCHEA
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