New Policy to Curb Duty-Free Abuse Eyed
Cahiles-Magkilat, Bernie, Manila Bulletin
The multi-sectoral Economic Mobilization Group (EMG) has asked Malacanang to convene the Oversight Committee to formulate policies against any abuse on the duty-free shopping privilege to domestic tourists and residents in municipalities adjacent to Clark and Subic freeport zones.
In a letter to Executive Secretary Ronaldo B. Zamora, chair of the Oversight Committee, EMG co-chair Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel A. Roxas said the EMG feared that unscrupulous individuals will take advantage of this situation since the Executive Order No. 444 which granted the shopping privilege was placed under a court injunction.
"The EMG fears that unscrupulous individual/groups will take advantage of this situation to the prejudice of our customs laws, rules and regulations," Roxas said.
With the injunctive order still in place on E.O. 444, there is now a legal opinion that there is no longer a limit on the purchase privileges for non-residents of the zones.
E.O. 444 granted purchase privileges in the amount of $25 to domestic tourists and $100 per month for residents in Subic and Clark until December 1998. …