Illegal Sales of Gas and Diesel Sold in the Philippines

The Department of Energy estimates that between $684 Million to $1.36 Billion (30 to 60 Billion Philippine Pesos) are lost in government revenue each year due to illegal oil smuggling in the Philippines. Up to 30 to 35 percent of gasoline and diesel sold in the country was smuggled and avoided taxes and duties.

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Profits for Wildlife Traffickers in the Philippines

Officials with the Philippines Government reported that farmers who trap native parrots and sell them to wildlife traffickers make around $12 (500 Philippine Pesos) per bird. However, the traffickers who buy the birds and then resells it on the black market can make up to 5 times that amount on average.

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