A businessman was caught by the members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) special action unit and Bureau of Customs (BOC) for allegedly selling clothes donated meant for the people affected of Yolanda.
According to the report, the company EcoAuction owned by Francis Yu Lesaca sold the boxes full of clothes meant for the victims of Yolanda in the Visayas as ‘Ukay-ukay.’
The entrapment happened at the warehouse of the company in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Bureau of Customs said that EcoAuction was an accredited company to shred smuggled clothes, however, instead of shredding the items, Lesaca sold it to different people for additional income.
“Nakakalungkot isipin na dapat nakatulong ito sa mga kababayan natin na nangangailangan ng tulong, pero makikita natin na pinagkakitaan nila ito,” A custom official said.
The intelligence report from NBI said that the boxes came from the Bureau of Customs, however, Lesaca denied it and said that it came from Japan.
He also denied that he’s planning to sell the clothes and only wanted to donate it.
Aside from used clothes, the raiding team also uncovered that Lesaca is also selling used tires which are not allowed.