Cases filed vs oil firms, individuals

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through its Run After the Smugglers (RATS) campaign, has filed the following cases against oil firms and individuals suspected of oil smuggling and other illegal activities related to the importation of petroleum products.

Joselito Tibayan Magalona, president of Jetti Petroleum Inc. (based in Pasay City), for oil shipments with a total dutiable amount of P4.1 billion; Darwin S. Suico, broker and attorney-in-fact; and Dario C. Amolata, a broker based in Cagayan de Oro City.

Also listed as John and Jane Does were customs employees and other individuals who participated, directly or indirectly, in the illegal release of Jetti’s importation of diesel and unleaded gasoline.

Araceli Banaag, owner of BNW gas station in Zambales, who was charged with illegally bringing out of the Subic Freeport 14,000 liters of biodiesel.

Dennis Ang Uy, president and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc., in connection with P5.14 billion worth of products. He was sued for various violations of the tariff and customs code, among them nonpayment of excise and value-added taxes, and nonsubmission of import documents such as invoices and bills of lading.

Included in the charge sheet were Jorlan Capin Cabanes, a Davao-based customs broker and several John Does and Jane Does, among them customs employees who conspired or colluded with other parties to defraud the government of revenue.

Rosario Tolentino Mamaril, reports and compliance officer of Filpride Resources Inc., which is based in the Subic Freeport Zone.

Also on the charge sheet were several John Does and Jane Does, among them customs employees who allowed Filpride to evade the payment of the correct VAT. The BOC RATS Group claimed that Filpride did not declare some 22,500 barrels of crude oil with a dutiable value of P57,228,111.

Pilipinas Shell was accused of “intentional misdeclaration’’ when it “declared unleaded premium gasoline in the entry as merely CCG (catalytic cracked gasoline) despite the fact that the covering invoice, bill of lading and inward foreign manifest clearly describe the shipment as unleaded premium gasoline.”

The BOC said that the company could be slapped with up to P24 billion in penalty for the violation.

Alleli Avila Arellano, major stockholder and broker of Cross Country Oil and Petroleum Corp. (based in Manila) and Arturo Marcelino Zapata, general manager.

Also charged were Samuel R. Mora, duties and VAT-refund representative of Cross Country; Jerome D. Canada, customs broker; and several John Does and Jane Does, among them customs employees who conspired or colluded with other parties to defraud the government of much-needed revenues.

The company, which has a capitalization of P3 million, was “able to import nearly P8.5 billion worth of petroleum products between March 2009 and September” 2010.

Paul Chi Ting Co, chair and owner of Oillink International Corp. based in Pasig City; Esther P. Magleo, president; and Janice Co Reyes, importation and finance manager.

Also included in the charge sheet were several John Does and Jane Does, among them customs employees who allowed Oillink to evade payment of the correct duties and taxes “through an elaborate scheme of underdeclaration and document falsification.”

Oillink did not report 6,000 metric tons or 44,000 barrels of diesel fuel in 2004.

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  • dexter ngayan

    mahal mahal ng gasolina yun pala … tsk.

  • randyaltarejos

    This is it! You know what? Because of their money, they can afford to hire the best lawyers in town.

  • farmerpo

    Kawawang John and Jane Doe. Mga taga custong pala. Ung totoong pangalan kasi ang ipublish, not because they are guilty but because they are accused as in the other personalities cited. Good job but can be improved. Misdeclaration is the easiest to address, use all weighing stations PROPERLY, don’t let them bog down.

  • edpoeto

    I am now planning to study law…wow with the amount involved..methinks some lawyers now are shifting to specialize in this field…prosecution and conviction of a case depends really in the preponderance of evidence…and with MONEY ..it makes the conviction of a crime like this impossible in this country…tell it to the hoodlums in robes and they will agree in whispering tone.

  • iping2sison

    As usual, filing of cases only. Despite the evidence, business is usual for these oil companies. Prosecuting these named persons will take forever and forgotten. Big cheaters enjoy their dividends while the chocolate thief had speedy trial and jailed.

  • boldyak

    how can 14,000 liters get out of the ecozone?…ecozone products are for exports…simple rule and that no products from that zone should pass through…no matter what documents they present that should be illegal…

  • Jack Bw

    When were these cases filed, only yesterday? If yes, then they were sitting on these cases all this time. If not, then this is just a press release and not real news.

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