Palace: No let up on campaign vs hoarder of rice, other goods

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

MALACANANG warned Thursday that the government's campaign against hoarders of rice and other goods will continue following the police raid in a warehouse in Bulacan.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the raid in Marilao, Bulacan where sacks of rice from National Food Authority (NFA) were reportedly being repacked into commercial rice was part of President Benigno Aquino III's earlier order to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to go after hoarders and those engaged in profiteering and cartel-like activities of rice, garlic and other commodities.

"Tuloy-tuloy ang operasyon na 'yan hangga't mapigil 'yung ginagawa nilang labag sa batas at mapigil 'yung pagsasamantala," he said in a media briefing.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Bulacan led by Chief Inspector Reynaldo Magdaluyo seized around 5,000 sacks of assorted commercial and NFA rice from Jommaro Star Rice Mill located at Abangan Norte, Marilao, Bulacan, owned by spouses Roberto and Regina Pualengco, who were not in the area during the raid.

Magdaluyo said that aside from what they have discovered inside the warehouse, the authorities also waylaid two ten-wheeler trucks, which were on their way to deliver NFA rice to the said warehouse.

Arrested from the operation were Juancho San Ruiz, the alleged warehouse manager and several other workers.

Coloma reiterated that concerned government agencies have been coordinating with each other to stop further increase of food prices despite enough supply in the market. (SDR/Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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