Beware of Unwanted Imports; Goods, Drugs to 'Call Girls'
Lobo, Fred M., Manila Bulletin
WE'D better watch out. More and more imports are flooding our shores.
While some of them are needed, many are unwanted. Concerned sectors and the government have confirmed the dumping of unnecessary imports of various forms, shapes and sizes - drugs and women included.
Hence, the need to check their unwanted entry or smuggling into the country before they hurt our local products, industries and even people.
For example, the unnecessary importation of cement, steel, wood products, rice, sugar, etc. have been decried recently by local producers and industries as a form of "economic terrorism."
This situation has resulted in cutthroat competition, the plunging of demand and prices of locallymanufactured goods and nearclosure of some local firms.
Local cement companies, for one, cried foul at the entry of imported cement being sold at rock-bottom prices to their detriment. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's timely imposition of a protective tariff of about P20 per bag saved local cement companies from being buried and cemented underground.
In the same breath, the local steel industry is also staggering from foreign competition. Farmers are also complaining against excessive rice and sugar importation. …