rice smuggling - updates

Rappler's latest stories on rice smuggling


DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

Zamboanga Customs officials suspended over missing smuggled rice

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A 'visibly upset' President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation into 23,015 sacks of smuggled rice that had gone missing

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte won't fire Piñol, NFA's Aquino over rice crisis

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RICE CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino, and other officials over the rice crisis. Screenshot from RTVM

Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

Philippine Coast Guard seizes smuggled rice in Basilan

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

A total of 22,000 bags of smuggled rice are found onboard two vessels

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Facebook page

Customs seizes P33 million in smuggled goods

May 07, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The smuggled goods include makeup, sacks of rice, office chairs, and used clothing or ukay-ukay

P33-M worth of various goods seized in two Manila ports. Photos from Bureau of Customs

Navy seizes smuggled rice from foreign ship near Zamboanga Sibugay

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The cargo vessel carried 27,180 sacks of Vietnam rice worth P67.950 million, says the Philippine Navy

Photo from Naval Forces Western Mindanao

P83M smuggled rice from China seized in Cebu

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:26 AM

The shipment is declared as ceramic tiles but further examination show that the vans contain mostly rice

INTERCEPTED. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena inspects the smuggled rice in Cebu. Photo by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

Alleged rice smuggler Bangayan insists: I’m not David Tan

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Davidson Bangayan insists there was no evidence to prove he was the 'David Tan' named in intelligence reports as a big-time rice smuggler

File photo of Davidson Bangayan being arrested in 2014 for a separate electricity pilferage case

NBI revives complaint vs alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Bangayan is again accused of involvement in a scheme that allegedly cornered the National Food Authority's rice import allocations in 2012, taking advantage of farmers

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is being accused of monopolizing rice trade in local market by the NBI again. Photo from Senate PRIB

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Lacson also files complaint vs NFA's Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Aquino, who reportedly has close ties to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is a former Customs official whom the Bureau warned against in 2016

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE. NFA administrator Jason Aquino faces a graft, economic sabotage and grave misconduct complaint for supposedly allowing the smuggling of P34 million worth of rice. Photo from NFA website

Lacson files graft, economic sabotage complaint vs Faeldon

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon should face life imprisonment for alleged 'large-scale' smuggling of rice

SMUGGLING. Senator Panfilo Lacson files a complaint for graft and economic sabotage against Nicanor Faeldon and others allegedly involved in rice smuggling. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Paolo Duterte a 'smuggler'? Trillanes releases documents anew

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:54 PM

This comes after presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte was implicated in a House probe into the P6 4 billion shabu shipment from China

File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter

CONFLICT IN NFA. Dismissed Undersecretary Halmen Valdez insists she and her boss, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, are working in the interest of Filipino farmers. File photo by Noel Celis / Agence France-Presse

Visayas a test bed for further rice smuggling

Apr 11, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Dellosa says That is what we are looking at right now after we became strict in Mindanao They smugglers are testing if it can be possibly done in Visayas

RICE SMUGGLING. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Customs to sell P38M seized sugar and rice

Feb 08, 2015 - 1:48 PM

Port of Manila sets the sale of imported sugar on February 13; imported rice will be up for auction at Batangas Port on February 16

Customs to sell P160M smuggled rice

Sep 28, 2014 - 5:09 PM

The bureau also busted 4 000 sacks of undocumented rice in Zamboanga Del Sur on September 27

NFA chief quits over 'failing health'

Sep 26, 2014 - 4:19 PM

UPDATED NFA Administrator Arthur Juan resigns after just 3 months in the job amid allegations of an extortion try on a rice trader

Graft charges recommended vs Nat'l Food Authority chief

Sep 16, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Justice Secretary De Lima won t divulge yet details of the NBI recommendation after completing the probe into a P15 million extortion attempt on a rice trader

BOC gets P393M from rice auction

Sep 12, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The lawyers of some of the affected rice importers make an attempt to block the auction citing a Court of Tax Appeals TRO

Over 200,000 sacks of rice at Manila port up for auction

Sep 08, 2014 - 11:55 AM

The sale of confiscated rice will also help congest the Manila International Container Port

NFA chief tenders courtesy resignation

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:09 PM

3rd UPDATE Two month old NFA Administrator Arthur Juan offers to resign following a rice trader s extortion allegations against him which he strongly denies

NBI to charge Bangayan for rigging rice import bidding

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:14 PM

The NBI alleges Bangayan used farmers cooperatives as dummies to secure import permits from the NFA under a program that provides tax subsidies to private rice traders

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan for perjury

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:52 PM

While it has yet to pin down businessman Davidson Bangayan for alleged smuggling operations the DOJ instead approves his indictment for lying under oath

Alcala: Gov't people could be aiding rice smugglers

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At the agriculture department alone around 200 administrative complaints have been filed against employees suspected of conniving with rice smugglers

EMBATTLED. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala answers questions about rice smuggling operations in the country. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

‘Central figure’ in smuggling falls ill in Senate probe

Mar 11, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Other witnesses accused of being rice smugglers all fall ill as well and skip the Senate hearing They might be cited in contempt

Bangayan: No 'credible evidence' in perjury complaint

Feb 27, 2014 - 2:44 PM

During the preliminary probe into a perjury complaint filed against him by the Senate Davidson Bangayan maintains he s not alleged rice smuggler David Tan

Senate cites in contempt another alleged rice smuggler

Feb 24, 2014 - 4:15 PM

Rice trader Judilyne Lim denies that her company used farmers cooperatives as fronts to import rice but documents indicate otherwise

5 rice importers probed for smuggling

Feb 20, 2014 - 8:32 PM

The Bureau of Customs is also looking into the possible involvement of its personnel in the illegal activities

Perjury complaint vs Bangayan filed

Feb 07, 2014 - 2:52 PM

Businessman David Bangayan now faces a perjury complaint before the Department of Justice

Coop faces smuggling raps for P34-M illegal rice imports

Feb 06, 2014 - 11:23 AM

The latest filing comes amid a Senate inquiry into massive rice smuggling in the country by traders led by an influential man going by the name David Tan

RICE SMUGGLING. The Senate is investigating massive illegal importation of rice that has affected the livelihood of farmers in the country. AFP PHOTO

BOC probes Zamboanga port over rice smuggling

Feb 05, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Customs chief John Sevilla summons Zamboanga Port district collector Enrico Turingan Jr to explain why cheap rice is flooding Mindanao

Palace reminds Duterte: We don't just shoot criminals

Feb 04, 2014 - 3:44 PM

All government officials whether local or national have the basic responsibility to uphold the rule of law a presidential spokesman says

'I'LL KILL HIM.' Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says there is no doubt Davidson Bangayan is rice smuggler David Tan. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Rappler Newscast | February 3, 2014

Feb 03, 2014 - 9:30 PM

Alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan arrested released Gov t MILF start implementing peace deal provisions Protesters block voting stations in Thailand

Rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan arrested

Feb 03, 2014 - 9:28 PM

NBI arrests alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan – also known as David Tan right after a Senate hearing on his illegal operations

ONE AND THE SAME. Authorities arrest Davidson Bangayan (center), whom senators and the NBI believe are lying about not being David Tan. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

De Lima: Duterte remarks unfair, disturbing

Feb 03, 2014 - 5:36 PM

The justice secretary takes exception to Duterte s statement that the NBI is too slow to act on rice smuggling: We have results you be the judge

Duterte on 'smuggler' Bangayan: I will gladly kill him!

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:55 PM

The Davao mayor says farmer cooperatives don t have money to import rice so they are at the mercy Tan who also operates in Manila Cebu Cagayan de Oro

'I'LL KILL HIM.' Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says there is no doubt Davidson Bangayan is rice smuggler David Tan. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

NBI arrests Bangayan after Senate hearing

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Senators have also decided to hold Davidson Bangayan or David Tan in contempt for lying under oath The DFA has been asked to cancel his passport

ONE AND THE SAME. Authorities will arrest Davidson Bangayan (standing, extreme left), whom senators and the NBI believe are lying about not being David Tan. Rappler file photo

Duterte to attend Senate hearing on rice smuggling

Feb 02, 2014 - 1:04 PM

Duterte earlier said that his testimony will be primarily about the efforts of the local government to put an end to rice smuggling

ATTENDING PROBE. File photo of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

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Jan 23, 2014 - 5:00 AM

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Jan 23, 2014 - 5:00 AM

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Jan 23, 2014 - 5:00 AM

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Senators to DOJ: Legal stand on rice import quotas needed

Jan 22, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Senate President Drilon says a vague interpretation of whether WTO quotas have been lifted is being exploited by rice smugglers

Rappler Newscast | January 22, 2014

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Aquino hits Revilla Accused rice smuggler admits financing farmer groups for rice import permits Thai protesters continue to fight

Alleged rice smuggler admits using dummies

Jan 22, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Davidson Bangayan whom witnesses say is also David Tan admits to financing farmers cooperatives so he can use their permits Senators say this is illegal

7 charged for smuggling P7M worth of rice

Jun 06, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Six traders with the aid of a broker allegedly attempted to slip into the country rice from Taiwan and Vietnam

Palace on Biazon: Give him a chance

Apr 11, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Malacanang still confident Biazon can clean up BOC

RESIGN. A partylist group said Biazon has failed to curb smuggling.Photo from BOC's website

NFA pushed to become sole PH rice importer

Feb 26, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Rice stakeholders sign covenant to combat smuggling

RICE EXPORTER. The Philippines is keen on taking on the title of Rice Exporter starting in 2013. Photo by AFP

PH to export 300,000-MT rice in 2016

Feb 25, 2013 - 5:08 PM

The Philippines eyes to sell premium rice to Hong Kong Macau and Europe

RICE EXPORTER. The Philippines is keen on taking on the title of Rice Exporter starting in 2013. Photo by AFP