FTA urges gov’t to combat smuggling

THE Multisectoral Fair Trade Alliance (FTA) urged the Senate to immediately pass the Anti-Smuggling Bill which has already been approved in the House of Representatives.

“The passage of this Anti-Smuggling Bill has been certified to as urgent by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Its enactment into law will definitely help push forward BOC’s Run after the Smugglers (RATS) campaign,” former Sen. Wigberto E. Tañada, lead convenor of FTA said.

Tañada further said, “Smuggling is the most unfair trade practice that is literally and physically wiping out many industries and farming sectors in our country that provide jobs and livelihood to our people. Let us see if the government really means business this time…no more sacred cows or holy names. Finally, a real crack down on smugglers.”

Based on the calculation of the FTA and Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), the government is being robbed of revenues amounting to P175 billion a year due to smuggling.

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