Palace hit for inaction over Customs shakeup

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Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Agriculture stakeholders expressed disappointment over Malacañang’s inaction on their manifesto, calling for a shakeup of leadership at the Bureau of Customs.

The Abono Partylist, which called for the resignation of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon also wants President Benigno Aquino III to crack the whip on Customs officials especially those manning the ports in Visayas and Mindanao where smuggled rice from China and Vietnam are illegally entering the country.

Abono partylist chairman Rosendo So, also director of the Swine Development Council, said they have submitted the manifesto more than a month ago, yet illegal entry of smuggled agricultural products continued.

So pointed out that in 2012 alone, the total volume of smuggled agricultural products amounted to P32 billion.

Comparing the volume of trade export of other countries to Philippines to the import volume based on Customs records, So said as much as P10 billion or 600,000 metric tons of rice was smuggled into the country last year.

“In 2012 alone, the total volume of smuggled agricultural products amounted to P32 billion. You also have oil players complaining of smuggled petroleum products amounting to foregone revenues of up to P30 billion a year,” he said.

“With smuggled rice flooding the market, it is only incumbent upon the government to act immediately. If the prices of rice continue to plunge, local rice production will certainly collapse,” he added.

So said the flow of distribution of rice before usually started from Northern Luzon provinces – from Ilocos, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Isabela, Bulacan and down to Manila, and then from Manila, the local rice are being shipped to Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

“Now, with the smuggled rice, the contraband is being shipped from Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro to Manila, and from Manila, it is brought to Bulacan and, subsequently, transported to other provinces in Northern Luzon,” he lamented.

On the other hand, smuggled chicken and pork products reached P8 billion, fish and aquatic products at P3.8 billion, sugar at P4.8 billion, and onion and other vegetables at P3.5 billion.

The same group earlier called on Biazon to resign “out of delicadeza.”

“We should not let Biazon spend another minute in Customs. He should pack his things and leave immediately,” So stressed.

Biazon earlier drew much flak after big oil players complained of rampant smuggling of petroleum products in various ports across the country.

Malacañang has already distanced itself from calls for Biazon’s resignation.

“That (quit calls) should be answered by Commissioner Biazon himself,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda

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  • azkal futbol

    mr. biazon – hwag kapal muks – mag resign ka naman na. sayang ang pangalang itinayo ng kanyang ama kung di sya aalis sa pwesto. di ka man nagnakaw, hinayaan mo namang gatasan ang departamentong dapat ay pinangangalagaan mo

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    CONGRESSMAN ABONO AND COMMISSIONER BIAZON SHOULD TALK ON TV LIVE RE ISSUES ON SMUGGLING ASAP. ‘WAG YANG DELICADEZA AT LUMANG DATA SA BABOY ANG IBINABATO. ANG TALO AY MAGRESIGN.

    ATTN. ABS-CBN and GMA TV.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * *
    I think Mr. Commissioner Biazon is basically a humbug. Real doers don’t make excuses.

  • $14334231

    pag pumuti ang uwak, saka lang si biazon magre-retire….kapal muks na, makitid pa sa kalabaw ang balat….ang ambisyon mong maging senador ay wala na…..ang mahihirap na magsasaka, mga mangingisda, mga agrikulturista at mga taong galit sa koraptor at sakim, lalo na sa kapit-tuko sa kapangyarihan na katulad mo, ay tiyak na hindi boboto sa’yo…..sagad talaga hanggang buto ang kasakiman mo sa kapangyarihan at pera……

  • Albert Einstien

    KKK ang me PROTEKSYON sa SMUGGLING at LARGE SCALE CORRUPTION…..alam kasi nila PROTECTED SPECIE sila ni pnoy…..

    BIGGEST corruption in history—-2011 coa audit report …101.8 BILLION lost to CORRUPTION

    NEWS December 12, 2012…PRC commissioner faces extortion raps at Sandiganbayan ..for extorting a businessman who leased his property in Baguio City to the agency.

    NEWS Philippine Star 02/13/2013 7: :
    Senate wants Banayo charged over rice smuggling MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has established that a big-time rice cartel was operating in the country, at least in 2012, which used farmers’ cooperatives as willing dummies to bankroll rice smuggling operations.

    In a 43-page committee report submitted to the plenary, the Senate recommended the filing of charges for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against former National Food Authority (NFA) head Lito Banayo and his former chief of staff lawyer Gilbert Lauengco, a member of the NFA’s special bids and awards committee.

    yung si NAGUIAT lang sikat na sikat…..sa INTERNATIONAL BRIBERY SCANDAL…nasa INTERNET pa yung FREEH REPORT…ni wala man lang SUSPENSION at INVESTIGATION ang DOJ at PALASYO ni pnoy…

    NEWS: Naguiat,members of his family including their nanny and other Pagcor officials were treated by Okada in Macau to a luxurious visit with all the perks: free accommodation in Wynn Resorts luxury suite, $1,673 dinner, $20,000 cash gifts, $1,878I Chanel bag

    FREEH INVESTIGATION REPORT: submitted to gaming committee..it’s in the internet

    Chairman Naguiat occupies Villa 81, the most expensive accommodation at Wynn Resorts Macau (about 7,000 square feet in size, which then cost about US 6,000 per day and is mostly reserved for “high rollers”).

    Chairman Naguiat did not identify himself and Mr. Okada’s representatives insisted that his stay there be “Incognito.” Accordingly, the bulk of the charges for the trip are reflected on the City Ledger Account as attributable to “Suzzanne Bangsil,” the wife of Rogelio Bangsil, a senior PAGCOR official and Chairman Naguiat’s employee. However, interviews, photo identifications and documentary evidence clearly establish that Chairman Naguiat was the “Incognito” guest and the direct beneficiary of these payments.
    Investigation has in fact determined that Chairman Naguiat was registered as an “Incognito” VIP guest under Suzzanne Bangsil’s reservation. Therefore, this US 50,523.22 was paid for Chairman Naguiat’s benefit…

    evidence by free report..
    The evidence also shows that on September 24-25, 2010, Mr. Okada’s associates obtained a total of US 20,000 cash from Wynn Resorts Macau’s main cage as “cash advances” for Chairman Naguiat, his family and party

    The testimonial and documentary evidence also shows that despite deliberate attempts to conceal Chairman Naguiat’s identity while a guest at Wynn Resorts Macau in September 2010, hotel staff, acting on their own, soon identified Chairman Naguiat by means of a photo from the PAGCOR website. The evidence also shows that several weeks after Chairman Naguiat’s intended “Incognito” stay at Villa 81, Mr. Okada’s associates became concerned about the high cost of Chairman Naguiat’s luxury stay at Wynn Resorts Macau. Specifically, Mr. Okada’s associate advised Wynn Resorts Macau that the amount being charged for Chairman Naguiat’s stay was too much over an ordinary business expense.

    COA REPORT …Current PAGCOR Chair Cristino Naguiat – PhP 69,185,374.72 (USD 1.68 million for 6 months 2010 )

    RAFFLER : When President Aquino assumed office on June 30, 2010, Naguiat replaced Pagcor chief Efraim Genuino,

    But the huge totals include Pagcor’s confidential/intelligence and discretionary funds. It’s not clear in the 2011 report if Naguiat’s paycut means his discretionary funds were taken out of his “salary” but are still at his discretion to spend.

    We thought tuwid na daan..magkano ba ang HULING SWELDO NI NAGUIAT bago cya PUMASOK sa pagcor?

    .at .me VIDEO pa na pinalbas ni ka TONYING…tungkol sa alleged PERSONAL na pag-gamit ng mga sasakyan at emplyado ng pagcor for TWO years na..

    NEWS ABS-CBNnews. 11/26/2012 :

    MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Cristino “Bong” Naguiat is accused of using his own service vehicle to fetch his son from school, an ABS-CBN report revealed Monday.

    A PAGCOR insider told ABS-CBN News Naguiat allows the use of his service vehicle with plate number NQM 923 to fetch his son and nanny at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School.

    A video provided by the PAGCOR insider showed a certain Lino Constantino, identified as a PAGCOR employee, driving the vehicle and fetching Naguiat’s son and nanny in Ateneo.

    The Land Transportation Office said NQM 923 is a security plate issued to PAGCOR on April 27, 2010. The security plate is different from the regular red plates issued to government vehicles.

    The source said Naguiat is implementing a “double standard” in the use of service vehicles in the agency.

    Last September 5, 2012, the agency suspended for 6 months Mr. Roberto G. Duenas, branch surveillance officer of Casino Filipino-Angeles, for “unauthorized use, operation, possession or lending of company property for personal use.” Duenas was allegedly suspended for using the PAGCOR vehicle several times for personal use.

    PAGCOR spokesperson Maricar Bautista admitted that the agency owns the vehicle and that it is Naguiat’s son in the video. However, she said Naguiat cannot be compared to Duenas since their situations are different.

    Civil Service Commission chairman Francisco Duque said unauthorized use of red-plated service vehicles is punishable with suspension for 1-6 months for the first offense and dismissal for the second offense. He said the rules apply to all government officials including the head of agencies.

    “Ang ahensya dapat ang nagbabantay. Ang may primary jurisdiction diyan ay ang head ng agency,” he told ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.

    He said all trips by a government-owned vehicle should have a trip ticket, which indicates the destination, time left and time returned to the agency.

    He also said his office can write to Naguiat about the infraction but noted that it is up to the Office of the President if it will take action against the PAGCOR chief.

    Courage president Ferdinand Gaite said Naguiat’s case shows PAGCOR’s double standard especially since low ranking employees like Duenas were penalized immediately.

    He said fetching Naguiat’s son from school is not part of the official use of the vehicle. He also noted that some government officials try to skirt the rules by switching the license plates of their service vehicles or covering them up.

    “Ito ay pera ng mamamayan. Hindi ito pwedeng gamitin for personal gain or personal use. Paulit-ulit nating sinasabi, dapat i-ensure na ang pera ng bayan ay mapupunta sa mamamayan, hindi yung gagamitin nila para sa sarili,” he said.

    Gaite said that as head of the agency, Naguiat should be setting the example for all PAGCOR employees.

    “Let’s not even mention the previous infractions of Naguiat. This only shows how important leadership is in government. How can you make others follow you if you cannot even follow the simplest of rules, to use government funds only for official use?” he asked.

    madami pang IBA…nasa kumuNOY na TUWID na DAAN…lahat kasinungalingan…pandarambong itodo na…..lol.

  • wawa2172

    Raffy is untouchable, he is an LP kasapi so sorry guys PNoy will never let him go. Smuggling now and during GMA time ay pareho lang. So why change when the party is doing fine huh.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    naala ko tuloy si prisco nilo..di nya kasi na predict kung ilang tabo ang ulan e

  • Nitsog

    Aquino has no political will.

    • Jane Tan

      Even you can’t attend to the affairs of the entire nation in a day. That’s what the different departments are for. Kung tanga ang isa, hinde naman ibigsabihin tanga ang lahat.

      Wala talaga tayo magagawa kung “bata” pa si Biazon. Dapat talaga palitan ang lahat ng tao sa BOC.

    • Joey Sanchez

      …P30,000,000,000 lost. and the govt can just sleep on it! wow!

    • Joey Sanchez

      …P30,000,000 was lost. yet these people (malacang customs and finance) are washing their hands and wanted to come clean! no command responsibility. in japan, with this amount, accountable persons commit suicide!

      • juan_luisjr

        honestly, i am at a lost. If you fire biazon and replace him with a seasoned brillant veteran, believe me, the smuggling will still go own. We had very good brains appointed to this before and smuggling continued whether it was during the time of cory, fvr, gma. Changing of the guards never worked ! It was 4 weeks ago, biazon recommended what for me seemed the best solution : abolish customs, restart everything from scratch which means, new people and with a monitoring and computer system . It sounds realistic but will he or anyone be able to do it or be given the chance to do it? Another possible solution is to follow the model of hongkong : very very low duties and taxes are levied and because of this, no one cheats in hongkong dahil mababa ang buwis. Will it work here ? the problem in our country is this whether in customs or BIR and I speak from experience: Even if someone were to offer to pay the right taxes to the bir or customs, the corrupt officials will always insist that there something lacking in your payment, they will always insist that your computation is wrong etc… you are damned even as a tax payer for customs or bir if you want to pay honest taxes. hay hay.

        Pointless blaming the chinese for being smugglers if we want to solve tax leaks because in reality, smuggling or tax evasion is not the sole monopoly of any 1 ethnic group. smuggling and tax cheating knows no bounderies! There are big pinoy smugglers and evaders too .

  • DZJones

    Kawawa na naman ang farmers pinapatay na naman ang presyo sa local agriculture products. Tapos yang secretary ng agriculture si Alcala, ang encourage pa sa OFWs to invest in farming. Ano ba talaga systema sa PNAS?

  • DZJones

    Ang linis tignan ni commissioner napa puti ang suot talagang malinis sa mata ng tao. Sana lahat ng official sa gobyerno mag black suit nalng kayo. Ang labo ng systema ng Pilipinas yung secretary ng agriculture si Alcala nag encourage pa sa OFWs to invest in agriculture tapos ganito ang mangyari lumusot pa din mga smuggled rice.

  • Kapitanbagwis

    Raffy Biazon, the citizenry do not trust you at all, maybe PNoy trust you for whatever reason but the people believe that you are incompetent or you are being led by your nose
    by big time smugglers.

    • Jane Tan

      In this case, being corrupt or being totally ignorant and unaware of the corrupt is the same thing. Neither will be able to stop the smuggling.

  • Maldi2

    TUWID NA DAAN? That’s disillusionment! Habang kumikita, GO! Lalong la na ngayon eleksyon time, LP needs campaign fund. Sabi ni Panot last week, he would do the cleansing after the election.

    Aba, malinaw na TUWAD NA DAAN nga tinatakhak natin! The same old music – with new faces. WTF!

  • boybakal

    Dapat ipalit kay Raffy yon tatay niya si Rufino.

  • 100345roselia

    To summarize the actuation of Abnoy: Basta KAIBIGAN, KAKLASE at KABARILAN ka
    niya “DAAN BALUKTOT” ang ipapatupad niya. Kung kalaban ka niya like GMA & her
    allies, “DAAN MATUWID” ang ipapatupad niya. Kaya tawag ko sa kanya ay ABNOY
    di Pinoy !!! This petroleum products smuggling worth 30 to 40 BILLION pesos – not
    to mention rice & high-end used car smuggling at Port Irene, Cagayan – happened
    in his administration, thus, no one is to be blamed except him & BOC Biazon. Biazon
    “Is like an apple which does not fall too far from the tree.”

  • Stuubs

    Philippines the smuggling capital of Asia !… no wonder why the chinoys are getting richer and richer and became self made billionaires because of smuggling and tax evasions…and this chinoy president Abnoy has not done anything to stop it but just prefer to looked the other way, because he got no balls to fire his partymate Biazon or maybe they are taking part of the action ! This is another form of economic plunder that the Filipino people itself need to take action if this present government continues to ignore the bleeding of tax money in hundred of billion pesos yearly in the form of smuggling and corruption while the poor are starving…The Aquinos did not own the people power,.. it is owned by the people who have been long ignored and deprived by the ruling class of their share to enjoy the patrimony of our nation !

    • Jane Tan

      As if Filipinos aren’t capable of smuggling. Lakas mo sa discrimination.

      • generalproblem

        yes intsik lang po ang matinding mag smuggling tanungin mo sarili mo kung intsik ka. sabi nga ni merriam ang mga intsik ang nag imbento ng corruption hehhehe.

      • popeyee

        kaya nga chinoy ang sinabi..

  • kilabot

    “why fix something that is broken, just let it rot.” – noykapon

  • Gu3st

    this guy was just appointed because of his dad… get rid of him, seriously…

  • Odnalor Larguia

    ingit lang kayu…toink….

  • farmerpo

    Mas mura galunggong Taiwan kesa galunggong Malabon. Di pa sabog ang tiyan.

  • kilabot

    in fairness to noykapon,
    he is just paying a debt of gratitude;
    general biazon successfully defended cory against a number of coup attempts;
    and enabled cory to finish her troubled presidential term;
    without that, the aquino’s may be in exile or dead;
    noykapon may just be like a discarded saliva on the ground;
    at least now, his saliva is hitting those he doesn’t like.

  • http://twitter.com/tukmol Gino

    noong Muntinlupa congressman siya, wala ngang masyadong nagawa eh, sa Customs pa.

    we need to revamp the BOC’s system. subukan niyong bumili ng stuff online worth more than USD50 (Php2060.50) and pag hinarang sa local postal office niyo, you’ll get what i mean.

    nakakasawa na.

  • disqusted0fu

    What’s the news here? In this present administration, the words Palace and inaction have become a perfect match. There is nothing new to it anymore. Biazon doesn’t even take a slap on the wrist, in fact, he even got praised with what he’s done or rather what he’s not done for the BOC.

  • disqusted0fu

    If this was a political opponent of Pnoy being criticized with his inefficiency, I can almost guarantee that Pnoy will be the one leading the charge with the criticisms. And it will be an automatic ejection for him. This inaction by the Palace on Biazon’s shortcomings, specifically by Pnoy is a proof that the tuwid na daan is JUST a slogan.

  • JasonBieber

    The Philippines is slowly starting to see that PNoy’s lack of work to improve the country is making things worse.

    The NDRRMC Chief resigned, the DAR Chief is supposed to resign, the BuCor Chief already resigned, and now the Customs Chief is also supposed to resign. All these different people are getting the blame but it is not entirely their fault.

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