DA asks DOJ to speedup processing of supposed agri item smugglers

DA asks DOJ to speedup processing of supposed agri item smugglers

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By JON VIKTOR D. CABUENAS, GMA News

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is prompting the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fast-track its examination on the smuggling of farming items, as it looksfor to  prevent the unlawful entry of products into the Philippines.

According to Agriculture Undersecretary Fermin Adriano, the DA desires to speedup the cases being heard versus declared smugglers and make an example of them needto they be tested guilty.

“Kami po ay gusto namin na maging mabilis sana yung proseso para mabigyan natin ng example at madiscourage natin ‘to, kasi talagang malaki ang nawawala sa kaban ng bayan at mas matindi ‘yung effect dun sa ating mga magsasaka,” he stated throughout the Laging Handa virtual instruction.

[We want the process to be quick to make an example and to discourage this, because huge losses are recorded in government coffers and the impact is larger on our farmers.]

This comes as Congress is looking into the smuggling of farming items in the nation, with prominent characters apparently included in prohibited trade.

During a Senate hearing earlier this month, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III stated he got a dossier calling 4 declared veggie smugglers.

“Kinakailangan talagang pagibayuhin ng DOJ ang pag-prosecute nito at sana bilisan nila. We are attempting to lobby, to supporter to the DOJ to make the procedure much quicker,” Adriano stated.

[The DOJ needs to step up the processing and fast-track it. We are trying to lobby, to advocate to the DOJ to make the process much faster.]  — RSJ, GMA News

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