Roxas tells Arroyo gov't to stop smuggling

Monday, September 3, 2007 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments


Senator Manuel Roxas II took a jab at President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s recent announcement of a rosy economy by scoring the government's failure to curb vegetable smuggling.

Roxas, who visited the vegetable trading post here on Sunday, said the government's claim of progress was suspect since cases of smuggling and other indicators showed a different picture of the economy.

"Smuggling must stop because even if the BPI (Bureau of Plant Industry) and DA (Department of Agriculture) would not allow smuggling, if those vegetables are really smuggled, they will really come in," he said.

Roxas said if the government is serious in helping vegetable and rice farmers, it must stop smuggling because the problem has hurt local industries.

"Smuggling must be stopped and it is possible to stop it," he said. "Let's not depend on press releases and speeches. We should do what must be done."

Roxas said a serious bid to stop smuggling is an example of "putting your money where your mouth is."

Arroyo last Thursday said the country's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 7.5 percent during the second quarter this year, the country's highest growth in 20 years.


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