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Lapeña favors rice trading center in Zambasulta

 

By NONOY E. LACSON

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña favors the proposal of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to legalize the operations of rice smugglers in the Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi area by establishing a rice trading center in Jolo, Sulu or in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and for smugglers to directly bring their rice and sugar commodities to the area for payment of Customs duties.

Lapeña said the proposal is good as it will generate a substantial collection for the BoC but a pinoldirective or a memorandum order must be issued by President Duterte for the guidance of the authorities directly involved in the anti-smuggling operations in this part of the country.

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