Customs bureau plays favorites



In an effort to show the public that it’s doing its job going after rice smugglers, the Bureau of Customs has been holding a supposedly legitimate shipment of rice in Legazpi City.

Three importers’ groups—Samahan ng mga Kapampangan sa San Ildefonso Multi-purpose Cooperative, Sili Multi-purpose Cooperative, and Green Valley United Cooperative—are complaining that the bureau seized their shipments despite being given import permits by the National Food Authority (NFA).

The cooperatives imported a total of 94,000 sacks of rice from Vietnam under the NFA’s Private Sector Financed Importation Program.

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On Sept. 11, the customs bureau’s office at the Port of Legazpi ordered the seizure of the rice cargo.

Because the government approved the rice importation, Nestor Puangco, chief of the foreign operations division of the NFA’s grains marketing and operations department, validated the shipping documents of the imported rice on March 4.

To back up its validation of the rice shipment, the NFA told the customs bureau it would settle the corresponding duties and taxes for the shipment as provided for by law.

But the Bureau of Customs is still holding the shipment, records show.

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In other rice shipments that didn’t have the imprimatur of the NFA, the customs bureau appears to look the other way.

There are rumors within the bureau that the mother of a customs official is behind some of the smuggled rice shipments.

Needless to say, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon should look into those rumors and identify the customs official.

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We serve and protect—Philippine National Police motto.

On the night of March 10, Randy Rejesus, 27, was stopped at a checkpoint at General Trias, Cavite.

Rejesus, who was driving his motorcycle, had just come from a birthday party and was on his way home. A witness, whom I will just identify as Peter, says he saw Rejesus being beaten up by several policemen at the checkpoint.

Rejesus was then taken to the police station near the checkpoint. He was never heard from again.

Rejesus’ sister, Marissa, came to us at “Isumbong Mo kay Tulfo” to report her brother’s disappearance.

My staff went to work. They found the eyewitness by discreetly asking around.

As an aside, my all-female staff makes better investigators than the ones in most police stations.

“Isumbong” brought the eyewitness to the Cavite Provincial Police Office where, through a photo gallery, the eyewitness identified the policemen who allegedly ganged up on Rejesus: PO1 Rogie Fabrigas Cayaga, PO1 Allan John Ferrer, PO2 John Leo Amon Francisco and PO3 John-John Dichoso Pilapil.

Can we, ordinary citizens, trust Cayaga, Ferrer, Francisco and Pilapil to serve and protect us?

If what our eyewitness is saying is true, the entire force of the General Trias police station should be made accountable for Rejesus’ disappearance since he was last seen at the station.

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Reelectionist Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano was elected the first time to the Senate in 2007 because of his tirades against the abuses committed by then First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

Now, someone has accused persons in the barangay of his brother, Barangay Capt. Lino Cayetano of Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, of being abusive.

A taxi driver, Noel Bulaay, complained to me that he was taken to Cayetano’s barangay hall where he was allegedly divested of his day’s earnings and P5,000, for a minor traffic incident.

The incident happened in Pasay City, way out of Lino Cayetano’s jurisdiction.

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  • Mang_Ben

    According to this article above:
    “We serve and protect—Philippine National Police motto.”

    PNP motto according to the Wikipedia:
    “With Honor and Justice, We Serve.”
    Source: en[dot]wikipedia[dot]org/wiki/Philippine_National_Police

    Los Angeles Police Academy & Los Angeles Police Department motto:
    “To Protect and to Serve”
    Source: www[dot]lapdonline[dot]org/history_of_the_LAPD/content_basic_view/1128

  • randyaltarejos

    No two persons are the same in character and personality, Mr. Tulfo. I’m referring to Allan and Lino Cayetano. If Lino is abusive, it doesn’t mean that Sen. Allan Cayetano must be penalized, too. Lino Cayetano must face the consequences of his own actions.

    • parengtony

      Mr Tulfo did not say that Lino Cayetano is abusive. (It is entirely possible though that Tulfo, like a propagandist, was trying to insinuate such). Nonetheless, the Lino Cayetano portion of this column is clearly misleading.

      On the other hand, Tulfo’s expose on the horrible deeds of some members of the mentioned Gen. Trias, Cavite police station deserves praise. The people of Cavite province has been, for many many years now, suffering tremendously from rampant abuse by the very government employees given the responsibility of serving and protecting them.

      • Noel

        But the incumbent Taguig Mayor is a Cayetano who has authority over Barangay. What has she done?

  • randyaltarejos

    It is still surprising to know that despite the changing of the guard at the PNP, abuses by cops continues unabated. Are they trying to insult the new leadership of the PNP? Hope not. Otherwise, the bad eggs voluntarily leave now rather than continue to put more stains on the image of the whole organization.

    • Noel

      The victim could have been drunk coming from a party. He could have offended the cops by his behavior. I bet you he’s already dead.

  • hu_yu

    i am beginning to believe all those talks that tulfo is an ACDC journalist…

  • kismaytami

    Asa ka pa sa mga pulis Cavite. Ika nga ng desk officer sa himpilan ng pulisya… “Wala ho kaming magagawa riyan, palipat-lipat kasi sila ng lugar…”

  • azkal futbol

    paldo na naman ang mga journalists kuno. paid praise or demolition – regular work of pdi journs

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    maybe Rejesus was crucified by the roman policemen..ask your eyewitness peter who possibly denied him after being betrayed by jude

  • JasonBieber

    More than likely PNoy appointed whoever is in charge and PNoy himself is seemingly biased and follows the selective justice system then more than it wouldn’t be too shocking for those he appointed to follow and do the same.

  • Mark

    “Tsupsi Biazon is the weakest link in the administration”

    Inutil si Biazon, walang bayag, parang ka-fedesasyon ni Pnoy, buti pa tatay nya na si Gen. Biazon matapang kahit matanda na,

    Oks sana itong si Pnoy kaso nasisira dahil sa mga kamag-anak at kaibigan na kahit mali na ginagawa wala pa rin syang aksyon.

    Palitan nyo na si baklang Tsupsi Biazon, sya ang weakest link sa administrasyon, mas may bayag pa si Henares at De Lima kaysa kay Tsupsi Biazon.

  • Noel

    Whatever happened to the Port Irene smuggling wherein no less than BOC Chief Biazon went to investigate? Areglo na naman siyempre. Si Enrile yata iyan.

  • Noel

    Regarding rice smuggling at NFA, what happens to its former chief Lito Banayo ?

  • Noel

    It’s not only Cayetano who gained popularity by attacking GMA and getting elected. There were many more who now are silently on GMA’s group asking for their support in this election.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Mr. Tulfo we want balance news. You didn’t talk to the other party. This is all hearsays.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    as ordinary citizen all we could do it to turn blind-eye on what BoC is doing in their jobs. we can’t do anything about it because we have laws that needs to be implemented but someone or somebody is above the law.

  • Magsasaka

    Pukang Ng Pulis, magaling lang yan sa mga walang laban, sa pamumugo pero kapag lehitimo ang encounter parang manok lang ang mga iyan

  • Guest

    Ruffy Biazon will not hear your call. He’s busy talking to his boss, Sec. Mar Roxas who’s asking for more funds for his senatorial candidates. Hehehe!

  • Guest

    Biazon confirmed oil smuggling is real. Ngayon lang niya nalaman. Good
    job Comm. Biazon.

    • Noel

      Biazon admitted that smuggling is rampant but also admitted he’s unable to solve it completely. How can one solve a long time Mafia operating inside BOC for decades?

  • Guest

    Oil smuggling has been rampant and yet Biazon is not taking actions on that. He’s just sleeping his job. Anak ng bakang dalaga o!

  • Guest

    P30B to P40B lost in government’ revenue every year due to oil smuggling. Paging Custom chief Ruffy Biazon!

  • Amador Amor

    Tulfo is assuming that Lino Cayetano is a perceived abuser, hence his brother Alan Cayetano is also the same. How ironic Mr. Tulfo of that decision? Then if one of your siblings is reported abusive, criminal, maniacal and corrupt, are we to presume that the rest of your siblings including yourself have the same characters? I no longer wonder why you have been charged with so many libel suits because of your unsubstantiated reportings which are akin to gossip journalism. Baka kaya talagang tutoo ang balita na sa kabila ng pagmamalaki mo na babaero ka at tunay na lalaki, ang kabaligtaran ang tutoo dahil baka silahis ka siguro.

    • gisingpinoy12

      Amadaror…bayaran yan si Tufling. Demolition job ito laban kay Sen. Cayetano, parang yung sinulat niya kay Sen. Escudero. Taulad ng mga kapatid niyang taga media. AC/DC. Kung bagsagin sila sa media circle: Mga Kumpare ni Satanas!

  • Guest

    Oooops! I forgot. Acting ARMM Gov. Hataman is also a fund producer of LP. Imagine P2 billion ng pondo ng ARMM, san kaya napunta?

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