A lawmaker is seeking to declare large-scale agricultural smuggling a form of economic sabotage and prescribe penalties for those who commit such crime. Rep. Delphine Gan Lee of Agri party-list said her proposal aims to deter and prevent individuals from manipulating the agricultural market and situation of the country for their own benefit and to the detriment of others. “The act of agricultural smuggling is inimical to the national interest, economic growth and development. Agricultural smuggling, both of produce and machinery, is a form of economic sabotage that is detrimental to all concerned. It allows certain individuals to manipulate the market and foster discord felt by all of our society,” said Lee.