Reshuffle of BoC officials raises eyebrows over non-inclusion of ‘Three Kings’



MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs’ first major reshuffle of its top officials during the Aquino administration has raised eyebrows at the Department of Finance-attached agency due to the non-inclusion in the revamp of what BOC insiders refer to as the bureau’s “Three Kings.”

BOC personnel were referring to Collectors Ricardo Belmonte, Rogel Gatchalian and Carlos So, heads of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and the ports of Manila and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), respectively.

Belmonte is a younger brother of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, while Gatchalian and So are said to be backed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and the influential Iglesia ni Cristo.

BOC personnel also noted that all three ports were among the 10 collection districts that had failed to meet their revenue targets for 2012.
Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, however, defended the BOC heads’ “reconfiguration,” saying that was his “discretion” being the bureau boss.
The revamp would be a “continuing thing,” claimed the former Muntinlupa City legislator and Liberal Party stalwart.
“This is just the initial phase of several other measures we shall undertake to meet our collection target for the year 2013,” which totals P340 billion, P7 billion less than the BOC’s goal in 2012.

Biazon emphasized the revamp was “geared mostly towards improving collections.”

“We are doing a reconfiguration of our organizational structure, especially among our frontline officials, to reposition our district collectors where they can be most productive,” he explained.

The BOC head warned he would “not hesitate to reassign or reshuffle Customs officials who may not be performing up to expectations.”

“We shall be closely monitoring the performance of frontline offcials…I will now do a quarterly performance assessment of district collectors and other unit heads under the Office of the Commissioner and set a particular quota for them, in addition to their revenue collection targets,” he told reporters.

Biazon also noted that “within the year, there will be some people who will be retiring. So as a matter of regular course, there will be some vacant positions. So definitely, we’ll be assigning or transferring people to other positions.”

  • In the BOC Personnel Order No. B-14-2013, which Biazon issued on Jan. 10, among those reassigned were the following Customs officials:
  •  Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang, head of the X-ray Inspection Project,
    has been named officer-in-charge of the Cagayan de Oro City port.
  • Adelina Molina, chief of staff of the Office of the
    Commissioner, is now OIC of the Subic Freeport in Zambales.
  • Roberto Sarmiento, deputy collector for operations to OIC of
    the Zamboanga City port.
  • Ronnie Silvestre, Cebu district collector to OIC of the port of
    Clark International Airport.
  • Edward dela Cuesta, Clark district collector to Cebu port collector.
  • Carmelita Talusan, Subic Freeport collector to X-ray
    Inspection Project head.
  • Filemon Mendoza Jr., chief of the Risk Management Office to
    Ruling and Research Division head.
  • Romalino Valdez, chief of staff of the Assessment, Operations
    and Coordination Group to deputy collector for administration.
  • Anju Nereo Castigador, Cagayan de Oro City district collector
    to the Office of the Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Biazon expressed confidence the bureau would meet collection goal this year, which he described as a “more reachable target.”

“We shall be adjusting our collection strategy every now and then to make the BOC responsive to present trends and needs,” Biazon added.

From January to December 2012, BOC revenues totaled only P287 billion, or a shortfall of nearly P60 billion.

The MICP, which had the highest revenue target of P94.3 billion, collected only P72.5 billion.

On the other hand, the port of Manila registered only P56.5 billion, about P18 billion short of its P75-billion goal.

Batangas port, where most of the oil depots are located, had a shortfall of a little more than P10 billion while the NAIA had a deficit of P4.66 billion.

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  • Kim

    palakasan system…

  • AntiAko

    HAHAHAHAHA. At nagtaka pa kayo? 

  • ramelatilano

    ha ha ha yung mga taong ayaw ng pagbabago ay yung taong nagrereklamo…halimbawa…kung sa isang port ay malakas ang kita nila at sila ilipat sympre magrereklamo di…ba…tama lang si biazon an dapat unti-untiin yan sila…kahit pa yung big 3 na yan dapat ma reshuffle rin para malaman natin kung may kalokuhan sila..ha ha ha…kasi nasanay kasi na doon na lang sila tumatanda sa pwesto nila….

  • Fulpol

    Belmonte, Enrile and Iglesia ni Cristo…. backers….

    where is the boss? why failed to mentioned him? why afraid to say, BS Aquino III?

  • jerico

    Sakit na natin to..palakasan..pakapalan ng mukha..matira matibay..nakakasuka, bastusan na… nakakaawa na ang bayan nating Pilipinas.

  • phantomofhope

    ayos! galing magpakitang tao rin pala ni biazon :)

  • ADD

    Pnoy is definitely better that her predecessors but just like her mom Cory, they became Gloria Arroyo when it comes to friends, classmates, relatives, etc.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Why just reshuffle? Why not go after Belmonte, Gatchalian and So’s hidden assets?

    01. Enlist assistance of AMLC to look into Belmonte, Gatchalian and So’s personal wealth, their families wealth all the way to the third degree. AMLC should apply the same zealousness on the 3 KINGS as they did on Corona’s personal wealth, or AMLC will be viewed as a personal instrument of the president to exact vendetta on people PNoy happens to dislike.

    02. BIR Kim Henares should conduct a lifestyle check on the 3 KINGS and their family. Surely, if Kim is intent on finding something, she will find cases of tax evasion on the 3 KINGS.

    03. Kaya ba talaga ni Totoy Ruffy ang trabaho niya? Baka pati siya dapat na ring palitan. Totoy pa masyado si Ruffy for the position.

    04. Why is Port Irene not under closer scrutiny?

    • rayingga

       Nice one, full of  good logic unlike the comment of zom full of hatred.

    • Dionisio

      b’coz of manong johnny enrile kaya walang closer scrutiny. SIYA lang at mga ALIPORES 
      NIYA ANG happy. pati nga mga TANGA customs duon ay walang SAYsa operation.  

  • zom

    Si abnoy na bading na panot has NO BALLS

    • rayingga

       What is the relevant of your comment to the given news about BoC. Dont be a stray, barking on a wrong tree.

  • mekeni62

    sibakin kung may dapat sibakin at paimbestigahan kung nararapat at hindi iyang palipat-lipat lang.

  • speedstream2

    Like it or not, yesterday, today and tomorrow, personal and political ties are overriding concerns that any administration and the citizenry have to contend with. Anybody who believes otherwise is either naive or hopelessly optimistic. Realistically, we can only fervently hope that decision-makers are well-intentioned, know what they’re doing, and have the common good in mind. Well, we can bring things to a head, but then again we’re too fragmented and lacking in a sense of community that, more often than not, nothing substantially lasting happens. No wonder we always somehow find ourselves back at square one.

    • LeoSanMig

      g +1

  • Philcruz

    I think there is only one position that needs a new head to improve things in the BOC. And that’s the BOC Head itself. I get the feeling that Biazon is too soft for such a position. He is a good honest man but what is needed there is a tough courageous honest man to deal with these crooks in the agency. Why not Danny Lim?

    • LeoSanMig

      I am so 100 percent in agreement with you, sir. With regards to Danny Lim, though, well, I don’t doubt his toughness but is his ties with Honasan still on the same level as before? Can he really move against these non-performing BOC officials with ties to Enrile? Isn’t he currently an official of the BOC right now?

    • $26606290

      Buhay pa ba si Danny Lim?  I thought we was working on something big kya quiet.  kaso walang kibo or resulta hanggang ngayon.  Natabunan na yata ng kwarta si West Point boy.

      • Dionisio

        hindi naman kasi MARUNONG naman sigurong MAGBILANG. sa  Scout Ranger nuon siya ang nag uutos pero sa aduana siya ang uutusan ng mga PLAYERS at MGA PADRINO NILA otherwise, sa KANGKUNGAN siya pupulutin. at palagay ko MARUNONG NG SUMAYAW si danny lim

    • Dionisio

      daanyh lim tough courageous honest man MAYBE in AFP, pero sa BOC sus lalo na pag naging bata niya si atty rey nicolas.

  • Cobra

    san na yong mga nawalang mga containers baka naman nalaglag habang tumatakbo ang mga truck sa tuwid na daan?Wala talagang pagbabago mga bataan ng mga malalakas ang nasa pwesto na malaki delihensiya.Kanya kanyang biyahe,unahan sa kurakot.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • $26606290

    So the 3 kings account for almost 80% of the deficit.  In any high performing organization,  non-performers are shown the door or given less critical positions….demotion.  

    “We shall be closely monitoring the performance of frontline offcials…I will now do a quarterly performance assessment of district collectors and other unit heads under the Office of the Commissioner and set a particular quota for them, in addition to their revenue collection targets,” he told reporters.  NGAYON MO LANG GAGAWIN TO PARDS????

    Ano ba ang pinagkakaabalahan mo?  Panay pa imPRESS release ka kasi e.  
    Kahit baby pythons pinapatos.

    Yung 3 kings mo na lampas kalahati ang ambag sa target mo,  weekly review dapat yan pards…malapit lang naman sila sa yo.  What gets measured and managed well,  gets done!

    ATTN PINOY!  Biazon cannot cut it.  Hire a  CEO from an MNC.  O Bilyones din pinaghahatian ng mga ulupon dito.  

    • Dionisio

      the 3 kings hindi nagalaw kahit hindi nakameet ng target collection, aba eh parang si CPNP alan purisima nuong NCRPO nagincrease ang crime rate ng 57% napromote pa ganyan ang KATRIBU, tulad ni Glen Dumlao at Hansel  may mga involvement sa kaso PROMOTED pa sus GINOO  TUWID na TUWID ang daan ni pnoy???

  • disqusted0fu

    There is no such thing as an anti corruption program. It is just a slogan being used for harassing the administration’s political enemies.

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