Bongbong Marcos must address smuggling — Pimentel

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III talks about various issues with the media on Tuesday, June 28, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City. Photo by Daniza Fernandez

MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. must address smuggling in the country, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Tuesday.

According to Pimentel, it was not just him but also the entire Senate calling on Marcos Jr. to prioritize smuggling concerns.

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“Pwede niya actually ma-connect ‘yan sa kanyang piniling (He can connect that with his chosen) department na (of) agriculture. Actually, I’m making that call but actually, the Committee of the Whole report is also making that call. The entire Senate is making that call,” he said in an interview at the Senate in Pasay City.

Marcos Jr. earlier announced that he would head his administration’s agriculture agency.

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Asked if Pimentel is suggesting a motu proprio investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman, Pimentel agreed.