The report about fake rice, made out of potato, sweet potato and plastic resin, proliferating now in some markets, especially in Davao, is not only disturbing, but should be considered outright a criminal act.
It is an outrageously premeditated kind of action by some unscrupulous people with the wicked and corrupt intention of making huge profit in the market by not only gypping the rice eating Filipinos, but literally slowly killing them also in the process with the poisonous stuff.
Whether this type of rice, which is being passed off as quality rice, comes from local sources or has been smuggled in from somewhere, it now behooves upon government to mobilize all its corresponding agencies responsible for the entry and distribution of the staple food to look into their stocks and see if any adulteration can be found and where it comes from, if any.
It is good to hear that Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has already ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify the operation against the proliferation of fake rice in the market.
“I have instructed the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to assist the NFA (National Food Authority) in addressing the problem of fake rice being sold in the market,” said Roxas.
Hopefully the CIDG will be able to find the truth about this dangerous scam sooner than later and ferret out the culprits before consumers start getting sick or dying.
There should be no mercy for those found to be directly involved and/or in cahoots with any government officials.
If they cannot be hanged, then let them rot in jail for their heinous deeds.