ON P100M SUGAR SHIPMENT
I won't tolerate smuggling,
influence peddling: PNoy
BY CARLA GOMEZ
President Benigno Aquino yesterday said smuggling and influence peddling is not okay, and will not be tolerated by his administration.
The president was reacting to reports that former Assistant Transportation Secretary Virginia Torres, one of his shooting buddies, showed up at the Customs-Intelligence Group (IG) office on Aug. 20 allegedly to negotiate for the release of at least 64 shipping containers of smuggled Thai sugar worth more than P100 million.
The Department of Budget and Management guidelines for the creation of the Negros Island Region regional offices are expected to be released this week, former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.
The guidelines are important as they will be used as the basis by the national line agencies for the establishment of their regional offices, Coscolluela, Provincial Consultant on Investment Promotions, Trade and Export Development, and Inter-Agency Coordination, said.
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‘Close coordination needed
to track flow of illegal drugs'
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE & JUDY F. PARTLOW
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency regional director Jeffey Bangsa stressed that close coordination among law enforcement units is imperative to track down the flow of drugs because syndicates have managed to compartmentalize their operations that even members of the organized group themselves are not known to each other while remitting to one group through a local bank every Monday or Friday.
Bangsa issued this statement following Monday's entrapment operation, that led to the arrest of a suspected Level 2 drug pusher, identified as Josephine Bantilan Cabasag, who was the alleged consignee of some P3.5 million worth of “shabu”, the shipment of which was intercepted late Sunday at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport.