|REPUBLIC ACT NO. 2712 - AN ACT TO
PROHIBIT THE IMPORTATION OF COFFEE |
| Section 1. The
importation of roasted coffee beans, roasted ground coffee, instant or
soluble coffee in powder form, extract or concentrate in liquid form or
finished coffee products in any form, raw coffee beans of the robusta,
excelsa and liberica varieties, is hereby prohibited: Provided,
however, That the importation of raw coffee beans of the arabica
variety shall be gradually reduced as follows: starting with and during
the year nineteen hundred and sixty, only seventy-five per cent of the
nineteen hundred and fifty-nine foreign exchange allocation of bona
fide and legitimate coffee roasters shall be allowed; on the second
year (nineteen hundred and sixty-one), fifty per cent; on the third
year (nineteen hundred and sixty-two), twenty-five per cent; on the
fourth year (nineteen hundred and sixty-three), ten per cent; and on
the fifth year (nineteen hundred and sixty-four), complete banning:
Provided, further, That in case of shortage of locally produced arabica
coffee, the President of the Philippines, upon recommendation of the
Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Chairman of the
National Economic Council, may authorize the importation of the
necessary quantity of raw arabica coffee beans to supplement the
Sec. 2. Any person who violates this Act or who, being an officer or employee of the Government, violates, abets or tolerates the violation of this Act, shall be punished by a fine of five thousand pesos or imprisonment of five years, or both, at the discretion of the Court.
In case the offender is an officer or employee of the Government, he shall, in addition, suffer the penalty of perpetual disqualification to hold public office and to participate in any public election.
If the violation is committed by a corporation or association, the penalty shall be imposed individually upon the president, director, manager or managing partner, and other officials thereof responsible for the violation.
If the violation is committed by or in the interest of a foreign juridical person duly licensed to engage in business in the Philippines, the immediate revocation of such license shall form part of the penalty to be imposed.
If the offender is an alien, he shall, in addition to be penalty imposed by the Court, be deported within ten days after service of the sentence.
Coffee imported in violation of this Act shall be confiscated by the Government and distributed to welfare and charitable institutions.
Sec. 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
June 18, 1960