NBI seizes 100,000 sacks of ‘substandard’ fertilizer-A A +A
Friday, January 17, 2014
DAVAO CITY -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Davao Region has seized some 100,000 sacks of fertilizers from three warehouses in Km. 7, Lanang, Davao City and lead to the warehouses’ closure.
The NBI implemented a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of over 100,000 sacks of what is alleged to be adulterated fertilizers at the Moderntimes warehouses owned by a certain So Peng Kee.
The operation was spearheaded by NBI regional officer-in-charge Dante Gierran who implemented the search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 12 Judge Pelagio Paguican.
Paguican issued the warrant after the NBI suspected that the management of the warehouses was engaging in the unlawful mixing of fertilizers resulting in substandard quality products.
The NBI was tipped by the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) who received complaints from buyers that the fertilizers they got from the Moderntimes have resulted in poor production for farmers.
NBI was assisted by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao Jr. while the owner So Peng Kee and his legal counsel Marcos Chua were also present.
NBI assistant regional director Eric Distor told reporters Friday that aside from the sacks of substandard fertilizers, there were also equipment there used to repack and mix the chemicals. The equipment, however, were not seized as they were not included in the search warrant and it was too large for the NBI to take in their custody.
Distor said that as of presstime Friday, the FPA were also examining the area. (Sun.Star Davao)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 18, 2014.