Malacañang on Thursday said the government would conduct more inspections of sugar warehouses for smuggled products as the country continues to face a sugar crisis.

In a Palace briefing, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said there would be a “series of raids” in the coming days.

“This is a series of raids […], there is another one today and possibly more in the coming days,” she said.

Earlier on Thursday, authorities raided a sugar warehouse in Pampanga that allegedly hoarded sugar.

“The BOC’s (Bureau of Customs)Pampanga sugar warehouse raid may very well serve as a warning to unscrupulous traders who are currently hoarding their stocks of sugar in order to profit from the current artificial sugar shortage situation,” Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.

Sacks of sugar believed to be from Thailand and sacks of flour and corn starch from China were discovered during the raid.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has instructed the BOC to investigate possible cases of sugar smuggling and hoarding. John Ezekiel J. Hirro