A vessel carrying 1,700 bags of rice was ordered and held seized by government agencies due to lack of necessary documents.
In a meeting Friday among representatives of the Philippine Coast Guard, National Food Authority at Bureau of Customs it was agreed that a Warrant of Seizure and Detention will be issued to the rice carried by the M/S Sitti Nur Natalie which also included the sea vessel.
Lt. Jay Tarriela, PCG Palawan spokesman said that they will request the BOC to slap the vessel with the order after it failed to show a shipping clearance from the NFA.
However, NFA assistant provincial manager Lilibeth Ignacio said the owner of the rice, Uno Agricultural Trading based in Bgy. Pangobilian, Brooke’s Point has a permit from them.
Its main branch is in Mapun, Tawi- tawi.
Grace Castro of the BOC said they will forward the request of the PCG to their head office in Manila.
Tarriela said the rice remains “questionable until it can be shown where the rice was produced.”
“Is it produced in Palawan, Tawi- tawi or from abroad? ” Tarriela pointed out.
The PCG is currently conducting an inventory of the rice while it is anchored at the port of Puerto Princesa.
Reports said that the rice will be brought to Manila that which will be boarded in city’s port.
A permit is required from the NFA if the cargo exceeds 500 sacks.