Mindanao exporters maintain China holding 1,500 banana containers


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mindanao fruit exporters said the foreign office got it all wrong when it announced that only 150 container vans filled with bananas, and not 1,500 as the Inquirer had originally reported, were being held for quarantine inspection by authorities in various ports in China.

“How did it become 150? At the Shanghai port alone, we have a minimum of 500 container vans being held,” Analee Javellana, secretary of the Mindanao Federation of Banana Exporters’ Association, said in an interview on Thursday.

The federation is made up of small exporters.

Stephen Antig, president of the larger Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association supported Javellana’s statement.

“I think they [government officials] got the wrong figures,” Antig said, “definitely, not just 150 container vans.”

Citing Antig, the Inquirer reported on Saturday and Sunday, that Chinese authorities were holding up to 1,500 container vans filled with bananas in the ports of Dalian, Shanghai and Xingang. On Tuesday the Department of Foreign Affairs, citing Agriculture Secetary Proceso Alcala, said only 150 such containers were being held by Chinese authorities.

On Thursday, Antig said of the shipments being held in various Chinese ports, around 240 containers vans were to be returned to the Philippines.

“But we are still trying to confirm from what Philippine ports the container vans originated and whose shipments these were,” he said.

When told that the national government had declared that only 150 container vans were held by Chinese authorities after finding some of them infested with harmful kind of insect, Javellana said, “We were the ones who exported them, so we knew these figures.”

“The figures were given to us by each of the individual exporters because each of us has our own volume and, grouped together, we came up with that volume,” added Javellana, who exported 15 container vans to China.

Philexport Mindanao said it has notified the Department of Agriculture about the wrong figure so that the government can correct its statements on the number of containers being held in Chinese ports.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said during a visit here Monday that the quarantine procedure being implemented by Chinese authorities appears to be normal and that it had nothing to do with the Philippines-China dispute  over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

He said because the quarantine procedures were possibly not political, the government would continue to encourage exports to China.

“The exports will continue. If we will stop, we will be misconstrued as the one at fault in relation to the Scarborough Shoal standoff,” he told reporters here.

Alcala said what the government did to satisfy stricter Chinese quarantine rules is to impose “zero tolerance and 100 percent inspection of exportable agricultural products to ensure that they are free from any contamination and safe.”

“This way, foreign markets particularly China, could not find any reason to reject or dump Philippine agricultural products specifically bananas and mangoes,” Alcala said.

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  • MichaelG

    China is now showing the world that their’s “no  freedom of trade”   if china will control the whole (china sea or west Philippine sea)their will no freedom of navigation, the trade of Asia will imbalance it will cause a big problem in the future and will become much bigger problem or  a  war. this will become big failure of UN/US.china is now getting strong and he bullying his small neighbor  like Vietnam, Philippines. 

  • Pepe Alas

    Congratulations, Mr. Alcalá. You have just shown us your treachery. The Chinese government is already bullying us from all angles: sovereignty and business, yet your office seems to defend them? Ang galíng mó, cuya. May isá páng tawag diyán: DUWÁG. Your parents probably raised you that way. ZERO dignity at all.

  • TsyNis

    take back your bananas coz u live in banana republic

    • Bo_XiLai

      你是骗子 (you are impostor)

      • Pepe Alas


      • Pepe Alas


  • TsyNis

    we chinese are intelligent. you filipinos are DUMB!!! we will kill you all

    • Bo_XiLai

      Yes, we need to kill all DUMB people.

      Calling for mr. focusrightly from Australia. Please help me to live in Australia. I have holiday Visa to Aussie. I want to meet you. I fly to Perth tomorow,

    • Josco Khadaco

      China intentionally rotted the bananas. Chinese loved to eat rotted bananas. Chinese eat only rotted foods. What a sick retarted people  called chinese

      • Bo_XiLai

        JApen will buy them as they say

    • Pepe Alas


    • MichaelG

      if you really intelligent people use you head. you’r like Iraq bullying Kuwait look what happen  to Iraq now  

  • J

    Nagmamang maangan ang gobierno na hindi politikal ang issue sa exports ng saging na ito. Kung meron Pinoy na nagagalit dahil sa Scarborough, meron nga chinese na galit sa situation. Kaya hindi dapat asahan na tutuloy tuloy ang export hangang hindi ayos ang issue sa scarborough.

  • Pinoy_Reich

    Why don’t the Philippines simply donate those bananas to China’s hungry folks at least its better than fake pig ears or steam buns stuffed with cardboard.

  • Go

     A.D. 1603 – Manila, Philippines

    24,000 massacred by Spaniards when Ming Mandarins

    visited the islands sparking fears of Chinese dominance.

    A.D. 1662 – Manila, Philippines

    30,000 put to sea and expelled from the Philippines.
    Those caught outside the Parian (Manila’s Chinese

    ghetto) were beheaded immediately.

    A.D. 1639-1640 – Manila, Philippines

    20,000 die in anti-Chinese violence

    A.D. 1763 – Manila, Philippines

    Anti- Chinese violence

    • Go

       A.D. 2012 :)?

      • Pinoy_Reich

        Jet Lee mauled by Manny Pacquiao in Thrilla in NAIA part 2.

    • reddfrog

       So you’re saying the Filipinos are not as welcoming to the Chinese as what a lot of people here believe. I guess this is China’s revenge?

  • thomas

    time for philippines to be absorbed by china. stable currency and china will deal with muslim insurgents in a swift and final fashion

    • Pinoy_Reich

       Wrong. CBCP will defeat the Maoist red hordes by prayer power.

    • Bo_XiLai

      Yes, China PLA will land in Manila, destroy all government people then all your citizens bow to us. We will rape anybody who speak out against. All Muslims we feed Ma Ling then execute them by removing their head.

      • Pepe Alas


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