Biazon: Aquino not out to get Enrile, new EO on used-car import needed


CUSTOMS CHIEF CHECKS ON CLASSY CARS Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon examines a Corvette Stingray, one of the hundreds of imported used cars at the free port in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. He has asked President Aquino to issue an executive order to settle two allegedly conflicting orders on the importation of second-hand cars for resale in the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

STA. ANA, Cagayan—Even as he denied the Aquino administration was going after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Wednesday urged President Aquino to issue a new executive order to settle once and for all whether the importation of used cars should be allowed in the country.

Biazon said the new executive order would settle the “conflict” between Executive Order No. 156, which bans the importation of used cars, and EO 418, which importers claim allows the importation.

Carrying his own camera, Biazon inspected the more than 200 cars that were stopped from leaving the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP) here after the Supreme Court upheld EO 156.

“To clarify EO 156 and EO 418, probably the issuance of a new EO is the right thing to do to settle all of these legal questions,” Biazon told reporters after his inspection.

“Probably the President can issue another EO to clarify those matters and settle our national policy on whether the importation of second-hand vehicles should be allowed,” he added.

Pending such a move from the Palace, Biazon said his marching orders from Malacañang were to “uphold the Supreme Court ruling” on EO 156. Customs stopped the 200 second-hand cars from leaving Port Irene.

Is Enrile accused?

Enrile sponsored the creation of the CSEZFP but Biazon said he has not been instructed to get Enrile.

“There’s no such instruction. The last instruction that I got was to uphold the Supreme Court decision,” said Biazon.

“And I don’t think it’s necessary…. Is there any accusation against Senator Enrile?” he added.

While calling for the issuance of a new EO, Biazon said the “bigger picture” should be considered since importing second-hand vehicles was affecting local car distributors.

“It affects those who put up businesses in our country (and they have the) downstream benefit of employment. Local distributors employ more people than importers,” he said.

“So, the impact is big if they are affected by these imports. And that effect is also felt downstream,” he added.

Ruling cheered

In Manila, local distributors of luxury car brands cheered the high court decision upholding the ban on the importation of second-hand cars that have been a bane of their business for years.

“We believe that the government knows what’s best for our country,” said Robert Coyiuto, chairman of PGA Cars, which distributes Audi and Porsche cars in the country.

Maricar Parco, president of Asian Carmakers Corp., which distributes BMWs in the country, said the industry fully supported the high court’s decision upholding EO 156. “We believe that this will serve as protection to the auto industry,” she said.

“When customers buy from authorized dealers, they are assured of competitive pricing, proper vehicle emission specification and road worthiness, and most importantly, after-sales support,” Parco added.

Drop in sales

Sales of luxury car brands dropped by 14 percent to 2,067 units in 2012 from 2,400 units the previous year despite the boom in the economy.

The top two brands—BMW and Mercedes Benz—saw their sales drop by 15 percent and 31 percent, respectively, while Audi yielded the No. 3 spot to Lexus (up 40 percent) as its sales fell by 27 percent.

Biazon said that for 2012, duties and taxes from imported second-hand cars that went through the Cagayan free port amounted to only P300 million.

“So, while we may lose revenue (when stopping) these importations, we must look at the bigger picture and the bigger picture to me is that the local industries provide more downstream benefits than importers,” Biazon said.

More clarification

He said the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was also seeking clarification from the Supreme Court on the effectivity of its decision on EO 156. He said the second-hand cars arrived on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 while the high court order was dated Jan. 7.

“The (importers) received a copy of the decision in late January after the arrival of the vehicles. Again, we want to clarify at what point to consider the applicability of the decision,” Biazon said.

“But those vehicles that are still coming, definitely we will treat them using the decision,” he added.

Biazon downplayed reports of smuggling at the free port. “Please remember that mere arrival does not automatically mean that it is smuggled because this is a free-port zone,” Biazon said.

“We won’t let them out here, but if we see a legal basis for their importation, of course we are duty-bound to process them and collect the duties,” he added.

Biazon said he would formally inform the President about his recommendation for the issuance of a new EO when he submits his findings to the Palace.

Among the cars Biazon inspected at the Apollo Cagayan Trading Corp. garage inside the free port included a Boxter Porsche with a price tag of P700,000 to P800,000 and several BMW Z-3 roadsters with prices ranging from P500,000 to P800,000.

Customs Deputy Collector Leilani Alameda said the importation of second-hand cars began at Port Irene in 2005. She said their duties and taxes are computed in Manila.—With a report from Gil C. Cabacungan

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    MALAMANG yan, marami o karamihan sa mga sasakyan na yan, KUNG galing sa USA, ay mga puslit o carnap na matunog-na matunog na malaking negosyo ng mga TNL na drogistas bilang adjunct ng main biz nila.  Ang magandang imbistigahan ay yong mga bumibili ng ganitong klaseng mga sasakyang na wala namang silbing iba kundi ang magpa-sikat ng kanilang  “yaman” at para magpakita na nakaka-angat o nakakalamang sila sa kanilang mga kapwa.  Dito ako nakakapiho na wala sa mga bisyap ang may gantiong uri ng sasakyan.  Siguro pa sa ibang mga namumuno ng negosyong pang diyos tulad ng ElShady at INK na nag-swi-swimming sa pera. 

    • $42337655

       anak at mga kabit ng politicians ang bibili ng mga ito, simple.

      • UrHONOR

        GANUN?  Saan naman sila kukuha ng ganuong kalaking halaga?  Kung sa politicians, saan naman din kukuha ang politicians ng ganung kalaking halaga, e, ang sweldo ng mga yan ay hindi din naman gaanong kalakihan na makakabili  sila ng sasakyang ganun  ka-grabe ang halaga?.  :)

  • Guest

    This whole brouhaha could have been easily resolved had Enrile gifted Pnoy a “second-hand” yellow luxury car like what Mr. Naguiat of Pagcor did. The president was so terribly pleased that he even defended his luxury car until public pressure became too much. Mr. Naguiat is now Pnoy’s most protected sacred cow. With Enrile’s vast collection of luxury cars, he can easily outdo Mr. Naguiat. Everybody happy happy.

  • MG

    Iba talaga ang mga Enrile ano. Legally correct but morally corrupt, one and all. No to political dynasty. Gising mga pinoy. 

  • El_Gran_Capitan

    Tigilan na nyo yan smuggling business nyo, magpakatino na kayo, 

  • Armandygo

    itong si Biazon ay may marching order na ipahinto o ihold ang paglabas ng mga sasakyan, its plain and simple orders. Bakit uutusan mo ngayon ang Boss na si Pinoy na magpalabas ng panibagong EO order. Mukhang mahina ang loob mo bata, as custom commisioner you have to uphold your position and implement the law irregardless of who gets hurts, hindi porke si Enrile ang kabangga mo seems you are bending down, gayahin mo si Trillanes. And dont woryy Enrile is now self destructing.

    • simondj

      tama, bakit uutusan mo ang boss mo? tapos pag nag issue ng EO isasangguni na naman sa SC? hindi bale na,,, si ENRILE parang apoy malapit nang maubos ang ningas, at 89 marami siyang iintindihin bago mamatay

    • scorpio15

      Nakakatawa talaga sa Pinas. Meron na ngang order ang Supreme Court bat kailangan pa ang EO.

  • sigawngkatarungan123

    Sa ngayon di pa lalabas ang mga katiwalian ni Enrile…Pero pagbaba niya sa kapangyarihan,naandyan na ang paguungkat…Ganyan talaga ang buhay,parang gulong minsan nasa itaas…minsan nasa baba at nagugulungan..

  • KapitanBagwis

    Nagtatayo na ba ng Republic of Cagayan si Lolong Enrile?

  • $14334231

    binugahan si biazon ni abnoy kaya nagbigay ng bagong statement…ang totoo lang, takot pareho si biazon at abnoy kay tanda…maliban kay brenda at trillanes, wala kang marinig na umaarangka na mga pulitiko laban sa mga enrile….mula kay marcos hanggang ngayon, malaki pa rin ang bayag ni tanda…..tanungin n’yo si gigi….

  • Juan

    ENRILE na naman hahahaha

  • LegalJustice

    There is no way, Mr. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has NO HAND or SO CLUELESS on the IMPORTATION OF USED CARS IN HIS HOMETOWN.

    Are you kidding me !

    He think he is THE UNTOUCHABLE.

    This is kind of RUN BY A MAFIA ORGANIZATION.

    • Jim

      Tangalin si Biazon. He does not understand his responsibility. He’s got no balls. Imagine using PNoy as a shield against Enrile. Biazon, RESIGN!

  • Nona Meyet

    people are looking at it the wrong way. Japan gets rid of their cars after 10 years of ownership and most of them end up in New Zealand. NZ however has a set of compliance rules and regulations for these cars before they can enter the country. they need to pass strict standards. this may affect their local auto distributor industry only slightly but there will always be people who will buy brand new.

    now in our case, it should also be the same. the government only needs to regulate all motor vehicles in the philippines by having them checked every 6 months or annually. the banning of importation impedes on freedom of choice. not everyone can afford a full price 2013 BMW or Lexus or any other luxury brand make. Some if not most would probably like to settle on a earlier model, say 2005 or 2007.

    “When customers buy from authorized dealers, they are assured of
    competitive pricing, proper vehicle emission specification and road
    worthiness, and most importantly, after-sales support,” Parco added. PLEASE. WE HAVE A LOT OF ROAD UNWORTHY VEHICLES RUNNING AROUND. They don’t comply with any international standard let alone Philippine standards, if we have one (do we?). This is such a protectionist stance the government is undertaking.

    • ryan andres

      Totally agree with you. Regulate the biz, not totally ban it.

    • judefawley

      ito ang problema kasi sa bansa natin, ang pag regulate sa mga importation ng mga mamahaling kotse. Wala tayong transparent regulation pag dating dito. Sigurado ako na marami sa mga mamahaling kotseng yan ang free sa tax. Ang pag dako nalang sa mga magagarang kotseng yan, sa Port Irene? ay questionable na, ay nagpapahiwatig na may mga kababalaghang nangyayari dito. Kasabwat mismo dito ang mga custom officials, isa pa yan sa mga pina ka corrupt na government agency sa bansang ito.

      Sang-ayon ako na e detain ang mga magagarang kotseng ito until na magkaroon tayo ng klarong strict regulations regarding sa tax ng mga import cars lalo na sa mga ganitong klaseng kotse and that we can strictly implement taxation policy regarding used cars importation.

      I am not against importation of used cars so long as we can stricly implement taxation rules regarding it. E eto kasi ang problema eh, maraming loop-holes sa batas natin. I am very sure na marami sa mga magagarang kotseng ito ang nakaiwas sa taxation fee. Siguradong sigurado yan.

  • ddano

    Anong model ang napili mo Kumision-er Biazon ? Puro kayo pa pogi, mga walang silbi. Mag Harakiri kayo , magiging Happy pa kami!

  • anton kinuton

    Fist step, replace the CESA Adminstrator Ponce ASAP with someone not related or loyal to Enrile. Ponce is working not for the good and benefit of the country but for Enrile, himself and their cohorts!!

  • Beng Atibo

    Why is Biazon backtracking??? Afraid of heat of the situation??? Why not just Resign. If new EO will be issued, then it is moot and academic, makakalabas ang mga second hand cars because of technicality. Why not impose the Supreme Court Ruling??? Ano ang kinalaman ni Enrile sa decision nang Supreme Court??? Is the Commissioner of BoC afraid of confrontation with Enrile???

    • $42337655

       looks like he is afraid of JPE.

  • doublecross

    who is the God-father of CEZA….enrile.

  • mangpepe


    • Nona Meyet

       walang basis yung rationale mo. wala tayong local Filipino car automaker, puro multinational. they don’t only look at the philippine market, but on a regional or global scale. on that assumption, they’d pick the cheaper labor in China, etc. it doesn’t matter if mag-iimport tayo ng 2nd hand cars or hindi.

      now on another note, importation of 2nd hand cars is fine as long as they tax them right and stringent road worthiness checks are in place. but in saying that, unfair din sa mga bumili ng import na sila lang tsini-check as road worthy. dapat lahat ng sasakyan sa pinas idadaan sa check para matanggal na yung mga walang tail lights, sira ang head light, brakes, etc.

      anyway, lahat naman ng luxury cars na brand new import din diba? wala naman akong nalalaman na factory ang Porsche, BMW o Ferrari sa pinas. seriously, we Filipinos complicate such trivial problems. what’s really complicating this issue is MONEY.

  • Mattino2011

    Pnoy tuwid na daan po, tayo di ba?,,  Buwagin ang mga naghahari-harian (SONA)…Enrile was an enemy of Cory. It was timely he sided with Ramos in PP 1986, but he should have been incarcerated for crime against humanity,being the Martial law administration… PCGG did not even take back what he illegally amassed during the MaRCOS  dark years…The UNA is the evilest party, with the Binay and Erap,Enrile et all — that completes the TEAM of corruption

  • doublecross

    kalkalin ang yaman ni enrile.

  • gibreel farishta

    coordinate with DPWH (let alone LTO) if the roads they laid can still accommodate these second hand cars, or any other newly manufactured vehicles, for that matter.. ops, the enriles (importers) can always bribe the department in their favor.. ‘kinnayo!


    >>>Biazon: Aquino not out to get Enrile, new EO on used-car import needed<<<

    At bakit naman gagawin yong ni PNoy…..bakit, may ginawa ba sa kanya o kanila si enrile nung Martial Law na sya ang administrator o taga-pangasiwa?  Wala naman, ah, meron ba?  Hindi ko sinasabi na kasanggkot o may kinalaman o alam si enrile noon sa pagpaslang kay Galman.  At sino naman ba si Galman?  Walang-ka-ano-ano siya sa mga Aquino, bukod sa pagka-kabayan.

  • jgl414567

    Enrile should be exposed for what he really is since the time of Marcos as martial law administrator, the time of Tita Cory where he betrayed her and up to today when he will again betray us by helping form UNA a diabolical party!

  • unokritiko

    BOC biazon downplays smuggling in port irene!!! Then he should let the PCIJ scrutinize the documents of BOC regarding this port irene transaction with the customs and see whos telling the thruth!!!
    He is really like his father, just riding in the wave of auino inutil govt.

    • Komen To

      Why not allow PCIJ if he is hiding nothing to nobody

  • catmanjohn

    It seems that Enrile has his own separate set of rules and laws , one that Monopolizes with the stench of corruption and cronyism, and truly a violation of fair trade and competition, and an insult to the People. Nothing wrong with making money, but if one set of laws applies to everyone, while he creates his own set of laws within, he is taking the People for fools… something he has done for too long.

  • Philcruz

    This Biazon is a wishy-washy Customs Chief. No wonder he can’t clean up the BOC. Ang tagal, ang daming salita.. just to implement a simple SC order.

    And he seems so concerned about the downstream industries born out of this importations.

    Okay, how many jobs will be lost? He needs to cite figures..because Sta. Ana Mayor Tobias says it’s okay because not too many jobs will be affected in his town. He says they have alternatives for the people who will lose their jobs.

    • Carlos I

      Yes, Sta Ana mayor Tobias is correct: not too many jobs will be affected in his town.

      But that is because the local car and spare parts factories are not located in Sta Ana.  They are located in and around Metro Manila.

  • bryant85

    Biazon using prudence to seek from Aquino to issue a new EO to reconcile both contending EO’s and hereto settle the great divide on the matter of importation of cars is very commendable, it exhibits that you’re doing a great job irrespective of who gets hurt along the process of instilling law and order. What’s good for the country must prevail at all cost. and for that I doffed my hat. You used prudence as I’ve said because what you did is a wise and a tactical move so that firstly the local industry be protected, secondly the syndicate running the affairs of imported vehicles and cars be unmasked and be sued in court so that all these manners of law breaking be stopped thus another notch to carve in the matuwid na daan.

    • Carlos I

      What’s to reconcile when the Supreme Court already resolved the conflict through its ruling?

      Issuing another EO would allow the importers to question the said EO in the courts and then we are back to square one.  It looks like somebody is buying time for the importers.

  • wawa2172

    Free ports, sorry with my ignorance but I guess its a zone that allows importation of goods in accordance with the mandate of the government. The imported cars at Port Irene are well documented so it cannot be considered as smuggled. Though SC issued a decision siding with EO 156, the cars at Port Irene was process before the decision was made. Nonetheless, I do not know Enrile as a person sa I am not from Cagayan Valley but I know that the government temperature on him is sala sa lamig, sala sa init. He is criticized for his role during the martial law and coup de tat. But he was well praised in his handling of the impeachment trial that kick out Corona reason he is still the senate president. He was also supported by LP as senate president after 2010 because he has the number in the upper chamber. 2005 pa pala nag import ang port so why only now that it is being investigated? It election time that is it. Let us also try to look at Aurora free zone sa influence of Sen. Angara, a known supporter of GMA now with Noy. Mas ok pa yata ang Port Irene because mayroon nang negosyo sa free zone but none can be said sa Aurora. Well, this shows the kind of politics we have in our country.

  • tunderlulo

    Magaling itong si Biazon sa paghawak ng trabaho niya dapat ang mga klaeng empleyado na kagaya niya ang mabigyan ng pabuya di kagaya ng ginawa ni Enrile sa senado na ang mga milyonaryong mga senador at mga may mataas ng sahod na mga empleyado pa ang nabigyan ng milyon na bonus at ang masakit wala pa silang magandang nagawa para sa bayan di kagaya nitong si Biazon na nilalabanan ang namamayagpag na sindikato pinamumunuan ni Enrile. Bilib ako sa iyo Biazon sana huwag kang magbago

  • Komen To

    “Pending such a move from the Palace, Biazon said his marching orders from Malacañang were to “uphold the Supreme Court ruling” on EO 156.”

    No need for another EO, just follow the marching order. SC has spoken already. No need to play politics mr biazon

    • Armandygo

      May marching order na si Pinoy, all Biazon got to do is implement it. Ano ito na irerecommenda mo sa Boss mo na si  Pinoy na gumawa ng another EO. Biazon kung hindi mo kaya ang maging Custom Commisioner, magresign ka, mukhang mahina ka. You have to uphold your position and implement the law whoever get hurt.
      Porket si Enrile ang kalaban mo , seem you started bending. 

    • humberto45

      No for another EO! Go na … or else, resign!!!

    • doncleo

      he’s playing dumb so as not to intimidate Enrile..hoy!! Ruffy, kung nangangatog ang tuhod mo mag-resign ka na lang !!Supreme Court na ang may sabi na illegal ang importation ng used cars at ang dami namang abogado sa Customs bakit atubili ka pa? gawin mo na trabaho mo! …kumpiskahin mo na lahat at bahala na sila Enrile maghabol nyang mga kotse..

    • $42337655

       you got it Sir !  so simple but why do they dilly-dally.  The S.C. has made a final ruling, uphold it, it is that simple.
      Why complicate matters ?  Are they fearful of JPE ?

  • JK1000

    Bakit laging takot ang mga magnanakaw kay PNoy ?  Dapat ikulong ang mga iyan, nagpayaman ang mga iyan noon panahon ni Marcos. Mabuhay ka Noynoy !

  • Mamerto

    Who Gets Rich…, VERY RICH…, in the Importation of Used Cars.?

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  • Bubu Bubuli

    Less talk more action. We haven’t seen any big importers/smugglers/Politicians/Customes officials hugging the cold steel bars. Set expamples and strict implementation and is needed!

  • Lassie

    Biazon is doing well his job and making sure where the government stands for.

  • ddano

    Biazon : Aquino not out to get Enrile. Kasi si Corona lang ang kaya niyang banggain ? Kung may evidencia siya laban kay Enrile eh di kasuhan.

  • garcia677

    Aquino must not dilly dally in issuing the needed EO for the revenue officers had released a statement that 300m is the collectible tax lost by the government due to car importations. and that’s a huge sum wasted. A good president must act with alacrity if the economy is at stake. The revenue income of 300M is a lot of money to be provided for the country’s basic programs on education, health and livelihood rather than be lost due to criminal syndicates enriching through a lucrative business on importation

    • Carlos I

      The P300M is the total taxes paid by importers through Port Irene for 2012.

      What Biazon was saying is that the amount is paltry compared to the negative effect these importations have on the local car manufacturers and the downstream industries affected.

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, ma-walang galang lang po bago ninyo kastiguhin ang Senile-tor na ito. Ka-usapin po muna ninyo Si dating Senador, General, at current Rep Rodolfo Biazon kung walang kahoy na ibinigay o nakapako sa inyong bahay at baka gawin pa itong pa-konsensya sa inyo para ilibre ang mga kapritso nila. Sana ay matigil na ang mga suwapang na ito!!!. 

    • mari suli

      Pare alam kong walang itinago ang mga Biazon.They live simply at wala nga silang katulong sa bahay nila. Di katulad ng iba diyan.,

  • maypakialamtayo

    biazon: not out to get enrile, weeee di nga, simpleng bingo nga lang ipinapakulong di ba!

  • Carlos I

    With the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of EO 156, there is no longer any need for a new EO.  All that is needed is for the Department of Justice to give the guidelines to the Bureau of Customs on the implementation of EO 156 .

    If a new EO is issued, the affected importers might/can question again the constitutionality of the said new EO, and the smugglers will again have a field day until the Supreme Court rules on the new EO.

  • FreemindOnline

    The bigger picture here is the effect upstream to corrupt government officials. Whoever pays better between the second-hand importer of vehicles vs  local car distributors will be considered.

    If the government officials were just patriotic to their duties. A new executive order to settle the “conflict” will not be needed. Or they can just Let bygones be bygones! as what the Philippine government does with it’s list of conflicting laws and executive orders.

  • BIGButo

    Enrile should be put in prison for his many years of corruption.

  • Fulpol

    who are the buyers of used luxury cars???

    • Eric


  • Albert Einstien

    PLASTIK nyo lobby MONEY ba mga CAR MANUFACTURERS sa eleksyon ? Ano ngayon kung masagasaan si JPE..sabi nya naman hindi smuggled mga kotse nya…DAPAT jan ..lahat ng citizens pwedeng mag-IMPORT ng new or used car EVERY 5 or 7  years without additional tax….sigurado magbababa ng PRESYO ang mga MANUFACTURERS puro tubo lang ina-atupag…pabor sa citizens yan….at MAGLALAHO ang SMUGGLNG na parang BULA….kaya MALAKIHAN ang KURAPSYON jan dahil sa MALING POLISIYA ng gobyerno..

  • Eric

    Looks like Benz to me. Kahapon ka pa stingray ng stingray.

    All these for the love of money, power, shiny objects and the approval of others.

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Walang bayag ang kasalukuyang Pangluo na batikusin ang matandang kurap na si Enrile patungkol sa mga akusasyon laban dito….Mahina talaga!!!

  • Ragdeleafar

    Better issue new EO allowing for importation of second hand vehicles to all Pilipino citizens at least every ten years (to avoid being commercialized) or allow to bring home his own (registered) vehicle from abroad particularly for OFW if he/she prefer to bring home the vehicle. Let the Laws for ‘Car import duty ‘ apply equally and fairly to every law abiding citizen not only for privilege few importers.

    • mg_harrier

      100% agree.i hope that as OFWs,considered “Bagong Bayani”,will be allowed to 
      take home a single vehicle they own abroad free of tax.that is if we OFWs are 
      really considered bagong bayani and care for by the government.others might 
      think that this will be used by corrupt people to bring home used cars by using 
      OFWs but by proper checking the capability of the OFW and proper documents then 
      corruption may go out of the window.

    • Armi_DXB

      maganda sana… kaso papalamang ba ang mga politician and big businessman sa mga OFW, alam nila na ang OFW ay may luxury car sa abroad.

    • Harry

      I think we are allowed to bring home our vehicles from abroad just like our other belongings. Of course, taxes and duties apply according to a Customs blue-book?

  • LegalJustice




    • magiting78

      Takot lang ni Pnoy baka ma impeach sya hahaha…Violation of constitution, and Violation of public trust….People trust Pnoy for being ang a true man but he is Gay hahahhaha

      • dave

        Oh, a Gaaay!

  • disqusted0fu

    PH government officials are a lot more efficient during election season. All of a sudden, everyone is moving. If election season was all year round and is a yearly event, there might actually be some improvements to the PH. And corruption will most definitely lessen, but only for some, because we all know that Aquino administration allies will still be exempted from repercussion. 

  • M C

    If the SC Resolution came out on 07 January and the cars came in on 08 January, they can not be covered because the effectivity of any SC Resolution only comes after its publication in the Official Gazette.  There is no legal impediment for the processing and registration of those cars on the same date. Of course, as every day passes, it will come to pass that they will now be covered. It is all just pure hot air and publicity gimmick on Senyor Rufy and Senyor Simyon. If Senyor Rufy can not even do anything on those smuggling of agricultural products in the Port of Manila where he may have physical operational control, do you think he can control what is happening in a far off place?  It is even pathetic that all those bureacrats parrot the newspaper line as if the newspapers have the monopoly of truth and justice. Basically, everything is being slanted so as to create a public impression against Manong Juanito – its all politics.

    • dave

      Alam mo M C. Ang galing ng analysis mo. Tumpak! Tara bili tayo ng chedeng sa Port Irene. Mas malayong mura dun kaysa dito sa Manila.

  • Drillon Recto

    BIAZON (in deep thought): Got to take pictures of which car should be mine. Ohhh, Corvette Stingray, I definitely am going to score pogi points driving this baby.

  • mg_harrier

    government are allowing businessmen with politician cohorts to import and may at same time smuggled used cars to our country,hope govt should allow capable OFWs to bring home their own used car abroad,even one single car free of duty after all OFWs are called bagong bayani that makes the country’s economy afloat by remittances.

  • boi skater

    Biazon is either dumb or kowtowing to Enrile. The Supreme Court
    already issued the decision. Doesn’t that mean anything? Will the decision just
    be ignored? What the hell was the point of having this processed in the Courts
    all these years. Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 156 on Dec. 12, 2002 and it
    has been challenged ever since, and now the SC has given the final verdict. Stop
    giving excuses already. APPLY IT! USE IT! If you can’t hack it, resign.

    • Harry

      Bend the law if you can and if you can’t, disregard it. Otherwise, replace it with a new law. In a country of crooked roads there is always that flexibility.

  • patrickinca

    Bakit Pnoy? Takot ka kay Enrile? Or may kasunduan kayong dalawa na di namin alam? Lantaran na at alam nating lahat na si Enrile at ang anak niya ang may pakana diyan. Takot pa rin kayo sa isang inaagnas na buwaya sa senado?

  • wakats

    EO 156 is in effect and its validity affirmed by the SC.  Why is ruffy suggesting for the issuance of a new EO?

    Ruffy is not a lawyer and he seems to be afraid of antagonizing the Apo from cagayan.  He is not gutsy unlike his father and should not be in the BOC in the first place…..

  • Fulpol

    who is brave enough to go to Cagayan and issue and post the “closure notice”…???

  • Fulpol

    the manager to Biazon: “Sir, just take your pick, kahit pa the most luxurious, libre na sa iyo”..

    • dave

      Hello, security guard nga na taga costom naka ford explorer…si Biazon pa kaya.

      • ewankosayo

         yung janitor, ano sasakyan?

  • bonsaiman

    Malapit na ang wakas ni Enrile.

  • Krissey

    mag handa handa kana senator Miriam, kasi ikaw ang ugat ng lahat ng ito,,,

    anyway, dapat pala sa Pilipinas ay araw araw ay election para mag labasan ang maraming anomalya at sakit ng ulo ng mga legend ng politica,,,  

  • agustin

    Gagamit na kaya ng kamay na bakal si noy AB dito ?

  • Harry

    “…..Customs Deputy Collector Leilani Alameda said the importation of second-hand cars began at Port Irene in 2005. She said their duties and taxes are computed in Manila….”

    Biazon does not know that taxes and duties are computed in Manila under his nose?

  • Harry

    Bazon is treading on strange grounds, a land where our system of law may not work.

    Any future EO liberalizing the importation of used or new vehicles for Economic Zones must be open to all entrepreneurs and before any vehicle can be released for registration it must pass rigorous government testing center to insure its road-worthiness. 

    The testing for imported used vehicles is mandatory because the importer/seller, unlike original car makers, can always disown the defects of his converted/reconditioned vehicles whenever  accidents happened.


    The distinction between the 2 EO’s are clear.  The SC has ruled over it.

    Enrile is, indeed, the target.


  • Nona Meyet

    for everyone’s peace of mind about pollution, the government can change the import rules like ie.

    light used-import petrol vehicle must be manufactured to Euro 4, or
    the Japanese 05 or US 2004 emissions standards as a minimum. A
    used-import diesel must be built to Euro 4, Japan 05 or the US 2004

    this whole issue is the protectionist stance the government is undertaking to protect an industry that we don’t have a lot of players. again, we don’t have a lot of automobile manufacturing plants. they probably won’t build one in a few years. what we do have popping up like mushrooms are european automobile distributors. they are the ones feeling the hurt as the used-car importers have been importing european makes. – NZ – Aus

  • Koneksyon

    go around as many bushes, everyone:  NOBODY but NOBODY can pin the guy who wants you happy…….HE KNOWS THE REAL TRUTH of 1983 and 1986……..WHICH – will affect the romance the country has perceived and/or been having with the “declared” presumed heroes that sired the incumbent…..simple arithmetic, gets?

  • tower_of_power

    Mukhang nanginginig na si Biazon …. hahahahaha!!! Siya pa ang nagsuggest na dapat merong bagong EO tungkol sa importation ng used cars. Siya kaya ang nagcocompute kung magkano ang dapat na ipapataw na tax? ABANGAN!!!!!

  • rinom

    issue another EO then it will be challenged again in the SC for 4 years?

  • dave

    See how this government so MADAYA!!! How come a business in far away province, pay tax in Manila??? Di bat ang tax eh dapat kung anong ma produce sa kanyang lugar, dun mapupunta ang pinaghihirapan ng mga tao? Pero hmmm…mas mura pala ang bmw kaysa Honda. Makapasyal nga sa Port Irene.

  • fernan107

    dapat lang maimbestigahan ang mga importation ng mga second hand cars dahil mga anomalya sa likod nito,malalakas kasi ang loob ng mga nagnenegosyo ng cars na second cars dahil kay enrile…susmaryosep ka indo, si enrile pa , kilala na ng taong bayan tulad din ni erap yan…

  • JasonBieber

    About Customs…it’s been a long known thing that the Customs department is seen as very corrupt department. What sucks is why PNoy hasn’t really done much to improve the procedures and the system at Customs. They fired some people who made mistakes but it would be best to correct the process and the system instead of just getting rid of people.

    • Andre Mitchell

      Pnoy and Biazon have actually made huge improvements at the BOC. Computerization of processes means convenient and no-appearance transactions – Less contact with greedy customs people, less opportunities for “lagay”.

      The sad part is, after Pnoy and Biazon steps down, balik ang BOC sa dati! Buhay nanaman ang mga buwaya dyan.

  • Wayne

    what a load of crap the local car dealers want imported cars stopped for 1 reason.price control.they have been ripping the public off on over priced cars.imported cars will bring the prices down.they are just using this as an excuse so they can have full control of the industry.GREED they dont want competition.simple as that. i worked in this industry for over 30 yrs i know what i.m talking about.

  • Andre Mitchell

    EO156 is unconstitutional. Pwede mag-import ng brand new cars, pero second hand cars hindi??? The right legislation is to slap the appropriate protection taxes and regulations on the importation of 2nd hand cars.

  • Nona Meyet

    why can’t used-car importers and local auto distributors (who are importers themselves of brand new vehicles) just co-exist? there is no LOCAL AUTO INDUSTRY to protect. walang Filipino automobile company. Lahat puro multinational. Yes, some of them build their cars here pero iilang models lang. Bakit, bibili ba lahat ng Mitsubishi Pajero? o Toyota Corolla?

    The government only needs to regulate entry of used-car imports to ensure road worthiness. If they have rules like this —->
    “A light used-import petrol vehicle must be manufactured to Euro 4, or
    the Japanese 05 or US 2004 emissions standards as a minimum. A
    used-import diesel must be built to Euro 4, Japan 05 or the US 2004

    Then people who think they have the environment in mind (although they ride smoke-belching jeepneys!) have no argument to begin with.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    gagandang sasakyan mabubulok lang sa loob ng custom yan!

  • Radeon Blue

     “Boxter Porsche with a price tag of P700,000 to P800,000 and several BMW
    Z-3 roadsters with prices ranging from P500,000 to P800,000″

    At these price range, madami talaga bibili ng used-car import. Government should just lower the taxes on brand new cars sold locally so they can compete head to head with used car imports. The lower the prices of brand new cars, the more people will be able to afford them instead of just buying used cars.

  • Socorro

    Who will admit kaya, of course he will say NO when it is YES. It is now very clear that Pinoy and his men are controlling all the agencies of the govt. they were also successful in controlling the senate and congress, is is easy for the legislative daanin ba naman sa fund and budget.It is clear they are out to pin down Enrile. Ganti nila yan , the militant and Aquinos. 

  • ApoLapullapu

    The President should now ban the importation of second-hand cars.  It will help solve our traffic problem.  Brand new cars are not as affordable as used cars.  This is not about Enrile because he is not an importer. He only authored the law creating the Economic Zone. It is the Bureau of Customs that is either collecting taxes from imports or abetting smuggling. Ruffy Biazon must do his job. He cannot follow others who keep on blaming Enrile for the smuggling in that Port.

  • Opel

    why would pinoy go after enrile? enrile is already doing fine by himself boring holes and sinking his own boat. 

  • $41747884

    This is an old issue….at last somebody found balls to go after port irene. About 5 or 8 eight years ago, smuggling on this said port was first reported by the US embassy…..but nobody  got BALLs big enough  to go against Manong Johnnie…….Go..GO..GO Ruffy GO !!!!

  • valsore

    Bottomline is that Phillipine streets are full of vehicles wherever you go, except Spratleys and the Shoal. There should be a total ban on all cars, replace them with more light rail and subway networks instead.

  • bbavies

    be LOLONG an icon politics….hahahahahaha and LOLONG figure should include in PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT SEAL….!!!!! buwwwwaaaaayyyyaaaaaa

  • Victor T. Fernando

    sorry, hindi po stingray yan.  

  • Rosendoso

    BOC should give a copy Inward Foreign Manifest (IFM) to Department of Agriculture , DTI and other concern agency, (IFM) are given to customs one to two days before a vessel arrive, It show what country origin, the cargo , and other documents .

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