A highly placed contact told me that Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) chief Antonio Villar has the full trust of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This despite the silent protests staged by importers and brokers as well as the damage to the economy all these will do.
As a result, local importers and brokers are at a loss at what to do. The PASG is asking them a very high ‘tara’ for every container.
They are also asking themselves: what is the president’s agenda? Is she angry her favored SEnate bets lost last May?
NOnetheless, the hope now is the possibility of a compromise with PASG. Ihatag na lang kuno sa PASG ang ilang gusto kon mosugot nga pagamyan ang tara. The alternative is: no money for PASG pockets, no business for the businessmen, bad for the Philippine economy, bad for GMA.