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Blowing the lid off oil smuggling

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I nearly fell off my chair at the breakfast table on Wednesday when I read that Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. practically confirmed the story on the rampant smuggling of petroleum products.

Ramon S. Ang, chair and chief executive officer of the biggest oil refiner Petron Corp., had complained that about one in every three liters of gasoline or diesel in the country is smuggled.

Shell, a Dutch company which is the second biggest fuel provider, appears to be the No. 1 smuggler of fuel products in the country, based on records at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The records show that Shell owes the government P7.348 billion, representing excise taxes and value added taxes.

The amount covered 63 shipments by Shell of petroleum products which the company allegedly misdeclared as catalytic cracked gasoline (CCG), which are not subject to excise taxes, according to BOC records.

Because of the misdeclaration, which many call technical smuggling, the customs bureau has demanded from Shell a total of P7.348 billion for its 63 shipments from 2004 to 2009.

Until now Shell continues to stall in the payment of what it owes the BOC.

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“There are schemes where volume and value are grossly understated resulting in very small tax payments,” said Edgar Chua, country manager of Pilipinas Shell.

How ironic Chua should say that!

There’s a Filipino saying that goes “Ang isda ay nahuhuli sa bibig (A fish is caught by its mouth).”

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A former chief of the Philippine Navy says that if called, he would testify for the six Navy officers and enlisted men who are charged with murdering a fellow officer aboard BRP Bacolod City in 1995.

Retired Adm. Ferdinand Golez says Ensign Philip Pestaño committed suicide.

Three of the officers are graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA); another is from the US Coast Guard Academy.

The six accused Navy personnel are detained at the Marines barracks in Fort Bonifacio.

There were 50 officers and men aboard BRP Bacolod City at that time.

“Not one of them says Pestaño was murdered,” said Golez, who retired three years ago. “Nobody can keep a secret in a small ship for long. One or two would have squealed if a murder was committed.”

One is dumbfounded why the Navy, which knows that the men are innocent, has not officially stood behind them.

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A reporter of the GMA television news department has complained to this columnist of harassment from a superior.

The reporter, whose identity I’m withholding for now, says he would expose the “sins” of some of the network’s bigwigs if he is fired for no reason.

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  • UrHONOR

    >>>I nearly fell off my chair at the breakfast table on Wednesday when I read that Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. practically confirmed the story on the rampant smuggling of petroleum products.<<<

    SAYANG, di pa natuloy!

    • ikulong

      AKALA KO SINAPAK ULIT SYA NI CLAUDINE KAYA MUNTIK NA SYA MAHULOG

      • UrHONOR

        Sabi ni Claudine, ayaw na nya daw nyang pumatol ulit sa bakla at baka makurot pa daw siya ng malinggit-na-malinggit! :)

    • lolo_Jose

      Sayang nga hindi pa natuloy ng mabagok na ng tuluyan ulo niya..

      • UrHONOR

        HINDI na kailan pang mabagok, Lolo…..matagal ng BAGOK at BUGOK ang ulo nyan…..nakapagtataka nga dahil ang dami-daming premyo ng natanggap ng INQ sa ngalan ng JOURNALISM, e, pinabababad pa ang ganitong uri ng TSISMOSONG mannunulat. Dapat dyan ay sa TABLOID kumana-ng-kumana!

  • UrHONOR

    >>>There’s a Filipino saying that goes “Ang isda ay nahuhuli sa bibig (A fish is caught by its mouth).”<<<

    KAYA naman pala TADTAD na ng sugat ang bibig ni tulfing.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>The reporter, whose identity I’m withholding for now, says he would expose the “sins” of some of the network’s bigwigs if he is fired for no reason.<<<

    BLACKMAILER….mga suki ni tulfing na aral sa master blkmeyler.

    • go88

      that’s how tulko makes his money, if you don’t pay it gets published.

  • victor1052

    Oil smuggling is good for the public. It helps in keeping oil prices at strugglingly affordable prices. Adding taxes would go to corrupt officials anyway. Shell is a foreign company which are known for law-abiding. It must be a victim of official extortion and blackmail.

  • archerfan

    yung reporter ng gma malamang may offer sa abs at gusto lumipat kaya nag iingay. style lopez talaga.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    kung isda lang sa bibig. ‘pag mga isda sa lambat. si raymart paano mo nahuli?

    • indiosbravos2002

      Correction. Sya nahuli ni Claudine. Yong meditation style nya habang inuumbag… CLASSIC. Play dead na lang, di ba Tulfo.

  • kasile

    anong bago rito? ?

  • kilabot

    if there is smuggling this big,
    people high in govt is definitely on the take;
    like jueteng, like oil;
    noykapon is caught noynoying again;
    will likely blame others as usual;
    “kung me palpak, kasalanan ni pandak” – noykapon’s favorite refrain.

  • niejannkhumar

    pag ganyan kalaki, sigurado meron tongpats yan sa taas…

  • niejannkhumar

    Dahil sa sobrang laki ng TONGPATS dito kaya tuloy ang ligaya!!!

  • Mark

    Matigas mukha ni Chua, huli na ng smuggling nagrarason pa, hoy bayad nman kayo ng tax, mahiya kayo sa mga mahihirap nyong empleyado na nagbabayad ng tamang buwis

    Kaw ba Tulfing nagbabayad ng tamang buwis?

    • indiosbravos2002

      Maliit lang binabayad ni Tulfo na tax. Kadamihan ng pera nya galing sa pagiging paid journalist nya. Cash yon. Walang paper trail. Mahuhuli lang sya pagnacompile lahat ng resibo nya sa gay bar. Di nya maeexplain bakit ang laki ng accumulated na nagastos nya sa VIP room araw araw kasama nya yong mga macho dancer. Wahahaha.

  • Ricgwapo

    Most of those in the industry know this is happening. What’s the difference between the oil and rice smuggling? Why it has taken so long for these two nasty products being smuggled in the country remain “undetected”?

  • whyinthisworld

    Mon maybe it’s better if you could advise biazon to resign and give the job to somebody else who is capable of running it without blemish or corruption, Teka mayron ba?

  • justomontevedio

    Tupo, puede bang huwag ka nang magbigay ng opinion sa kaso ng Ensign Philip Pestaño. Wala rin lang naniniwala sa iyo at wala kang mapapala dito. Gusto mo lang paboran ang mga bata mong akusado. Kung walang kasalanan mga ito ay lalabas yan sa paglilitis. Mag-expose ka na lang ng mga anomalya-diyan ka rin lamang magaling.

  • Hunter421

    “A fish is caught by its mouth” is not a Filipino saying.

  • anu12345

    “The reporter, whose identity I’m withholding for now, says he would
    expose the “sins” of some of the network’s bigwigs if he is fired for no
    reason.”

    He is no reporter then. Only disgruntled employee

  • indiosbravos2002

    Tulfo, stop with the Pestano issue. Wala nang naniniwala sa yo. Magkano ba bnabayad sayo ng admnirals para itwist mo istorya?

  • JasonBieber

    First off, it is annoying how expensive gas is these days.

    Second off, it is disturbing how bad smuggling has been during the PNoy Administration. Maybe smugglers are aware that PNoy is too obsessed with his personal agendas like attacking GMA that he’s forgotten to fix the problems with smuggling.

  • juno93

    Who the hell is Retired Adm. Ferdinand Golez and how can he be so sure that Pestaño committed suicide? Was he on-board the ship on that fateful day?

  • Simplify1

    ha? meron pa palang sumusubaybay sa writer na eto? tsk tsk tsk

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