By Ellson Quismorio
Misamis Oriental 2nd district Rep. Juliette Uy is prodding the concerned government agencies to give updates on the status of cases filed against those who imported garbage from both Canada and South Korea to the Philippines.
Uy specifically directed his appeal to the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
“What is the status of the supposed charges filed against Chronic Plastics Inc., the consignee of the imported trash from Canada in 103 cargo containers?” she asked in a statement.
“I also take this opportunity to follow-up with the Department of Justice, the status of the charges against Verde Soko. The NBI investigated and filed the charges with the prosecutor,” the congresswoman also said,” the lady solon said, referring this time to the consignee of garbage from South Korea.
Uy had these things to say following President Rodrigo Duterte’s stern remarks on the Canadian garbage issue. Duterte went as far to say that he would “declare war” on Canada if they don’t take back their trash.
“The Bureau of Customs, the Department of Justice, and the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court should now update the public on the status of the cases filed against Chronic Plastics because it has been over five years,” Uy said.
According to her, Chronic Plastics is no different from Verde Soko since both made false declarations about their cargo.
This resulted to the illegal importation of the dangerous contraband, Uy said.
“This is not a victimless crime. It is clear that Chronic Plastics violated the law. The plaintiff is the People of the Philippines. The Filipino people want justice meted against Chronic Plastics and all its officials and the personnel who conspired with or were accessories to the crimes stated in the charges,” she said.
Uy added that the cases against Chronic Plastics and Verde Soko should be prioritized.
“We will keep close watch over how the executive agencies do their jobs on these solid waste law violations,” she vowed.
The Mindanao solon is the principal author of House Resolution 2317, which called for a House inquiry on the hazardous waste sent to the Philippines from South Korea.