PNP, BOC, And PCG Uncover Massive Hoarding of Imported Onion and Garlic Worth Php 135 Million

In a joint operation led by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU), along with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), a massive hoarding of imported onion and garlic worth over Php135,000,000.00 was uncovered on Friday, February 17, 2023.

The operation which began at 3:00 PM and ended at 1:00 AM the next day covered 23 warehouses and establishments in Manila and Malabon City.

According to CIDG Director PBGen Romeo M Caramat Jr., around 40 to 50 tons of imported onion and garlic worth Php 40 million were seized from 18 warehouses along Carmen Planas St. and three warehouses along Sto. Cristo St., both in Tondo, Manila, one warehouse in Binondo, Manila, and another in Balut, Tondo, Manila. Meanwhile, an estimated 250 tons of imported onions and garlic worth around Php 95 million were confiscated from a warehouse in Gov. Pascual Ave., Brgy. Catmon, Malabon City.

“The operation was carried out in response to numerous reports of illegal importation and hoarding of agri-products, particularly locally produced onions, and garlic”, PBGen Caramat said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, PNP Chief General Rodolfo S Azurin expressed his satisfaction with the successful operation, saying “This is a major breakthrough in our fight against illegal activities in the agricultural industry.”

“The rampant illegal importation and hoarding of agri-products, particularly onions and garlics, is a serious concern that affects not only the livelihood of our farmers but also the food security of our country,” Gen Azurin added. “We will continue to work closely with our partner agencies to put an end to these unlawful practices and to bring those responsible to justice.”

The confiscated goods have been sealed and padlocked, while investigations are ongoing to determine the individuals involved in the alleged illegal activities and file appropriate criminal charges.

The authorities are encouraging the public to report any illegal activities related to the importation, storage, and distribution of agri-products to help them in their efforts to maintain a fair and lawful market for these essential goods.

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