• SC stops release of ‘hot’ rice


    THE Supreme Court (SC) stopped a Manila court from releasing a shipment of rice suspected to have been smuggled through the Port of Manila.

    The High Court issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday halting the implementation of the ruling of Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Cicero Jurado Jr. allowing the release of the rice shipment.

    According to a well-placed source, the SC en banc decided to halt Jurado’s order because of the urgency of the petition and to prevent any irreparable injury that it may cause to the government.

    The High Court also ordered Jurado and the owners of the shipment to comment on the tribunal’s order.

    The District Collector of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the Port of Manila seized 480 shipping containers owned by Danilo Galang under the trading name of Hildegard Grains Enterprises.

    The BOC refused to release the shipment because the importation was made without permits from the National Food Authority.

    However, Jurado ordered the release of the staple, forcing the government to elevate the case before the SC.

    Recently, Jurado was charged administratively before the SC by the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura headed by Rosendo So.

    The group is an umbrella organization of 33 federations and organizations.


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    1. Smuggling is rampant in the country, some get away with their scheme to avoid paying taxes among others. I can imagine that these smugglers know where to go, and whose court they want to be tried on for easy release of their goods. I hope that the Supreme court will discipline these judges that will lead to their dismissal and ban them, if only to give them a message that this is a different Philippines now, that will not tolerate any shenanigans.