Consumer group wants smuggling law expanded

UNITED FILIPINO Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) says that the law classifying large-scale smuggling of agriculture products as economic sabotage should be extended to other products to ensure consumer protection.

Following the Bureau of Customs’ (BoC) passage of an order promulgating the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10845 or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act last week, the UFCC said that the bureau should strengthen its efforts to plug import leakages.

“We want to push that the economic sabotage should not only be applied [in the agriculture industry]... and the first to be the victims are the consuming public,” UFCC President Rodolfo B. Javellana, Jr. told BusinessWorld on the sidelines of a news conference last week.

Mr. Javellana also said that wider protection from smuggled goods will help local industries remain competitive.