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Old-timers at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) jokingly refer to two cases of irregularity that happened recently at Pampanga’s special economic zone as “miracles at Clark.”

The term refers to the disappearance of 94 drums of seized diesel fuel that the Department of Finance had planned to sell to raise additional revenue.

Some still unidentified employees at the port spirited out the diesel fuel and replaced it with drums of water and sludge. They made money, of course.

It is likely that with the help of the thieving port employees, the people behind the smuggling of the diesel into the country got the seized fuel back.

Smuggling is a never-ending problem for the customs bureau, and frustrated by the resistance of the agency’s officials and employees to reform, Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon has proposed the abolition of the bureau and replacing it with a professional institution.

Biazon’s proposal, taken up with but still to be decided by President Aquino, has drawn objections from lawmakers, and on Sunday Sen. Ralph Recto, a senior member of the Senate ways and means committee, said it was unnecessary in stamping out smuggling.

High taxes, duties

Recto blamed continued smuggling on high taxes and duties. Cut taxes and duties, he said, and importers would pay the right rates.

It may not stamp out smuggling, but it could ease the problem and reduce the occurrence of “miracles” at the free ports.

For Biazon and lawyer Ronnie Silvestre, customs collector at Clark, the changing of diesel fuel to water and sludge is no joking matter.

Biazon, under siege for allegedly failing to stop “rampant smuggling” of petroleum and agricultural products through the country’s special economic zones, told the Inquirer by text message that he had ordered an investigation to identify those responsible for the irregularity.

The 94 drums of diesel, part of a 165-drum catch scored by the customs bureau at Clark from 2009 to 2012, had been stored in a warehouse owned by a private investor at the free port.

The warehouse is located in the customs clearance area of the free port.

Silvestre, who was appointed to the Clark post in February, does not even think of a miracle like Jesus’ changing water into wine during a wedding feast at Cana in the Gospel of John.

“Some people replaced the contents of more than 90 drums of diesel oil with water and dirty industrial oil and obviously made money,” he said.

A drum of ordinary diesel oil costs a bit above P6,000.

Those who did it should not be allowed to get away and enjoy the money, Silvestre said.

A high-ranking customs official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said the Clark Freeport irregularity was proof that “some people in the government” cared nothing about the Aquino administration’s drive for good government.

It is unclear exactly when the diesel fuel disappeared. Silvestre reported the first case to Biazon on April 3 and the second case, on April 8.

The first case involved 65 drums of diesel fuel, replaced with 65 drums of water and sludge.

In the second case, 29 drums of diesel, among 30 drums of smuggled fuel earlier seized from G2G gas station in San Francisco village in Mabalacat town in Pampanga, were replaced with 29 drums of sludge.

The 30 drums, containing 6,692 liters of diesel oil, were ordered seized on March 13 by the customs bureau.

Of the 30 drums, 29 contained industrial diesel and one contained ordinary diesel, according to Silvestre’s report to Biazon.

Sold outside zones

In his latest posting on the Internet, Biazon said “petroleum products are imported into the economic zones duty free supposedly for use within those zones.”

But the fuel eventually ends up in “retail stations outside the zones,” Biazon said.

“Proof of this is the fact that the [BOC’s] fuel marking program has resulted in the confiscation of marked fuel and the inclusion for prosecution of those caught selling the smuggled fuel. Even big players in the industry are not spared, with cases filed against them,” Biazon said.

To combat the smuggling of fuel through the free ports, the customs bureau is planning to restrict the delivery of imported fuel to specific ports, a policy that will narrow the delivery corridors and tighten the monitoring of fuel arrivals.

At the same time, the customs bureau will upgrade its electronic clearance program to include a petroleum inventory system with automated data gathering and analysis of imports.

Warning reiterated

Biazon reiterated his warning to the agency’s personnel, saying the days of officials and employees who make fortunes in connivance with smugglers are numbered.

“Those who continue to engage in illegal activities in cahoots with smugglers will be targeted and will face the full force of the law,” Biazon said.

Speaking in an interview on dzBB radio, Recto said he was not surprised that fuel smuggling continued, as taxes imposed on petroleum products made it tempting for importers to resort to illegality to earn more.

That there are cooperative people at the customs bureau makes smuggling even more attractive, Recto said.

Biazon, he said, should consider lowering taxes on imported goods.

“The taxes are too high. If we didn’t have this, there would be minimal smuggling,” Recto said.

Lower taxes could also attract new importers, he said.

“If we let the market operate properly, we would also reduce the tendency or opportunity for corruption,” he added.

VAT, excise tax

Recto did not go into details, but noted that both excise tax and value-added tax (VAT) are imposed on petroleum products.

“Gasoline is imposed VAT and excise, while diesel has VAT only. But if the importer smuggles the lower-priced diesel, the 12-percent VAT he saves is already his. What more if the smuggled goods are also liable for excise, as in the case of gasoline? That’s why I believe there’s more gasoline than diesel smuggling,” Recto said.

He urged the government to take a second look at the free trade agreements that the Philippines has with many countries “to facilitate trade.”

No corruption

“In cases of zero duties, what are the chances of corruption? None. Look at the Singapore model. There is almost zero duties on everything, that is why there is also very little corruption,” he said.

Recto said he was not advocating a total zero duty policy for all goods.

“What I’m saying is, reduce the taxes. Look at what happened to cigarettes and alcohol. Since there is already smuggling of petroleum and rice, I would not be surprised if this is already happening in the case of sin products,” he said.

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  • mangpepe

    they call it magic, before it is a miracle

  • charlie_oscar

    Funny! Clark was always a hub of corruption and black market for goods and services… The legacy lives on long after the PX closed!

  • marienkind

    I don’t see how these events can be so hard to solve. You don’t need to solve the mystery. Start strangling everybody responsible for guarding those drums. If only the law permitted, drown whoever was in charge of guarding the warehouse inside those sludge filled waters. The next guy to attempt smuggling them out will be shot in the face by the warehouse guard who will likely be too afraid of punishment to get involved.

    We’re facing the problem backwards. Go after the small fish and watch the big ones get ratted out by their own hierarchy.

    • 711sense

      I agree, assign someone in-charge of guarding the oil. If it goes missing, he and whoever he picks to guard the fuel is responsible and he is hang or shot on sight. It should not take a month to sell the smuggled fuel to fuel refinery or gas stations approved by the government and use the money to award and hire more guards to watch any smuggled goods caught coming into the country. Or, they could use the fuel to fuel the Navy, Coastguard and other vessels own by the government. Again, its a matter of making someone responsible if the smuggled goods under his care goes missing.

    • herecomesrusty

      Yes, it’s called accountability, it’s an alien word in our government.

    • herecomesrusty

      Yes, it’s called accountability but you’re not supposed to make sensible suggestions. You’re making them government look bad. haha

  • tagahuron

    pambihira talaga ang mga buayang nasa Bureau of CusTONG.

  • tagahuron

    These agencies in the government is a haven of corruption to the nth degree.

  • tiburara74

    Yohoooo! Paging Gen. Danny Lim. Tulungan mo naman si Ruffy ma masugpo itong mga limatik sa BOC. Ang tagal mo na yatang nag Rip Van Winkle sa BOC. Wag mong sabihing kakutsaba ka diyan ha? Peace!…….

  • Pio Pusli

    how about apply torture to the suspects? i’m sure gen. danilo lim is an expert. or call senator ping or honasan. guaranteed, when these so called “experts” the suspects will sing like a canary to the tune of “my way”

    • A. H. Forrester

      A simple lie detector test applied to those who would know the truth would weed out rats !

  • Rey L. Esguerra

    The 94 drums of diesel, part of a 165-drum catch scored by the customs
    bureau at Clark from 2009 to 2012, had been stored in a warehouse owned
    by a private investor at the free port.

    and they say privatization is the solution.

    • marienkind

      We privatized cost but not accountability, apparently.

  • bayankopdi

    INSIDE JOB ANO PA TAWAG DYAN? BAKIT WARNINGAN PA DAPAT LAHAT NA ANDYAN TANGGAL SA TRABAHO LHAT NAKA DUTY NUONG NAWALA MGA DIESEL…DAPAT PALITAN NA LAHAT NASA CUSTOMS PATI SI BIAZON PALITAN NA DAPAT BAGO LAHAT …KUNIN MGA TAONG WALANG KASO O WALANG BAHID NG CORRUPTION…

  • doncleo

    Ruffy, bago ka mag-imbestiga sibakin mo muna yan si Atty. Silvestre, ang customs collector ng Clark..sigurado kasabwat yan.

  • blue01

    Kaya nga dapat abolish na Customs at patalsikin na lahat ng current employees and then start from scratch.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Ruffy Biazon is indeed a castrated commissioner. Walang kaalam-alam. Clueless na clueless about how to handle problems in BoC. Biazon is obviously way out of his depth. His president is even worse.

  • buritos

    Hmmmmm..palagi nlang imbestigasyon!!!
    Lagay na si DUTERTE DYAN!

  • Guest

    Hindi tungkulin ng magnanakaw bantayan iyang mga drum. Bakit sila ang sinisisi kung bakit nawala ang mga laman niyan? Hindi ba kaso ng mismanagement iyan?

  • Engr. Chatto

    Those who opposed Biazons Agenda is clearly the affected persons in the smuggling bussiness… All of Biasons strategy is on the right path and the politicians who goes against it is clearly the smugglers in the country.. including those in the judiciary,, because this smuggling bussiness is the sick and rot of the country from the Marcos Regime to the present so Biason is right to replaced all the custom commissioner good or bad to erradicate smuggling once and for all in our country
    … Biason you got my support..

    • Jeanne Thompson

      Malamang may kukuha ng TRO sa Supreme Court kapag sinimulang iabolish ang BOC. At syempre, dadaloy ang pera kaya malamang papabor ang desisyon ng Supreme Court sa mga Anti BOC Abolishion.

  • Engr. Chatto

    To said BOC is the most corrupt in the executive branch… all the filipino people knows… let them suffer a little bit by replacing them all… by new hiredemployees, liked what happen in the Immigartion
    department.. New faces and new hired makes the intended persons relax… not liked the old ones seeing their faces makes you in the cavalry…..

  • mongrel84

    Not also in customs but also in LTO especially corrupt muslims they are the ABC in all the agencies Alligator, Buwaya,Crocodiles ang kakapal ng mukha :)

    • Marty Tuazon

      Most if not all LTO offices never give you your change upon paying, hindi naman sila nag lalagay na exact change only, if your transaction costs 417, and you give 420 – say goodbye to your 3 pesos – for the boys na yun.. end of the month, thousands na ipon na yun – pang inuman

      • mongrel84

        Hindi pa kasama yung nasa highway yun ang mga pinakakapal ng mukha….

  • josh_alexei

    here the deal…taxes on imported goods are added to the retail prices anyways, like oil and all other consumer goods, so why not as an experiment try this one…all taxes will be added on top of invoiced retail price and paid directly by the consumers…and then the “smugglers” can bring in anything the want and so is everyone with Zero duties for resale…VAT and other taxes should be added on top of invoiced prices not built in..or go for Free trade agreement with countries with substantial Trade, like NAFTA…so there will be no smuggling, only check for Contraband like Marijuana and Cocaine and illegal Guns (boy, that would be another BIG business for the Custom guys)

  • Good_Governance

    Senator Recto’s proposal to lower import tariffs makes a lot of economic sense and ought to be part of any program to reform customs administration. As he pointed out, tariff reform will reduce the incentives to smuggle, thereby directly reducing corruption. Even more important, it will align domestic prices more closely with international prices, thus promoting greater competition in our local markets and more efficient resource allocation. This will be bad for our local monopolies and oligopolies who have long benefited from the economic rents created by high tariffs and other trade restrictions (no need to shed tears for these folks), but good for consumers – that’s all of us – and for firms dependent on imported inputs. It will reduce customs revenue in the short term but isn’t it time for the government to rely increasingly on greater revenues from income and consumption taxes to fund its budget? After all, the latter taxes are more equitable than import tariffs.

    However desirable tariff reform is, and Senator Recto deserves a tax-free cigar for his suggestion, it does not replace the need to restructure the BOC along the lines suggested by Mr. Biazon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edwin.cruzade Edwin Cruzade

    Mga kawatan talaga halos lahat dyan sa BoC. Matino nga ang namumuno pero lahat ng tauhan nya ay puro kawatan ay walang mangyayari. Kaya I-abolish na ang BoC.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    no surprise at all….sakit ng lipunan….panlalamang sa kapwa…kung makakalusot attitude…

  • agaylaya

    Implementing reforms while maintaining the present BOC personnel and bureaucracy is a poor solution to the problem of corruption. The present tax collection system and tax rates are also very tempting to smugglers and get-rich-quick artists with influence. Privatizing the system is just like handing over to the thieves the treasury department.The Singapore model is a possible solution as mentioned by Sen. Recto, But this will take time since this will involve new legislation and re-structuring of the tax system. which the present corrupt and powerful beneficiaries will vehemently oppose..But of course any solution can work if backed up by strong political will by present leadership of PNoy and his men. Sana nga.

  • farmerpo

    Recto’s views on smuggling is too simplistic as in the view of a gallery audience. Smuggling is a way of life for corrupt government officials/employees. As in a disease, e.g. cancer, it has to be excised. Biazon’s proposal, although bizarre and radical, is the way to go but have to be done as cautiously as possible. Start with known, and I mean known, smuggling coddlers . Any juan, pedro or junior at the BOC knows who they are. Start now and all the bellicose opposition to BOC renewal will fade away. Get as many of the lower ranking employees first and file the charges. Don’t aim for the heads yet, heads are mostly replaceable, unlike the roots at the bottom. Those are the source of sustenance of the BOC disease. Corruption works from the bottom up not the other way around. Good luck,Mr Biazon.

  • randyaltarejos

    Look at this shenanigan. When everybody was sleeping, the smugglers are doing something in the dead of night. Now, the BOC must confront the gate guards assigned in that area. Their log books must be checked, too. In this way, the probers can check who came and went out of the premises during that time.

  • mangtom

    Replacing Biazon, Firing those involved, reducing the VAT and other taxes, privatization, etc. are great ideas, but not effective in eradicating corruption. Let me offer a suggestion: there is a paper trail for this hocus-pocus replacement of oil with sludge and water. Let the NBI or any qualified investigative agency determine the culprits and file charges. One problem: charges may be filed. Litigation will take about twenty or thirty years. In the meantime, the crooks are having the fun of their lives- vacation abroad, going into shopping spree, buying upscale condos, wives or kabits are laden with expensive jewelry. Then, finally, the cases go to court. Ombudsman will quash the charges by saying that there is weak evidence. So all the charges are dropped and those charged go scott free. Then next day, the newspapers are splashed with headlines announcing another big time anomaly in another government agency. The is goes on ad libitum. And who says it is not more fun in the Philippines? Answer: Only those who are in the wrong racket.

  • speedstream2

    Just another face of impunity. And the worst part is that the government appears helpless.

  • chingnarciso

    the owner of the warehouse should be investigated. kung private owner ang may ari ng warehouse na yan, seguro nag rerenta ang gobyerno sa kanya. dapat managot siya kung bakit nawala ang mga yan.

  • rburke

    come to think of it, Mr. Recto may actually be right..some goods come in as tax free while some have duties..so how come some lucky industries are protected at the expense of consumers?..with globalization, taxes and duties are actually hindering our economic growth..with very expensive tools, equipment, fuel. energy, etc, how can we be competitive in the world market?..even food prices are too high, even more expensive than world prices, yet our salaries are too low so our educated people are migrating…then again how can we be competetive without our best people?

  • wawa2172

    Biazon could have acted swiftly on customs corrupt practices but he is just to soft or mahinang klase as head of a corrupt agency. Why is he not able to punish those who are responsible with suspensions in the case of government employees and kick the butt of the private owner of the warehouse out of Clark. Kung nakakalusot ang oil sa Clark ano na kaya sa ibang port. Well, Biazon should start cleaning up his backyard else he should clean himself up out of the customs. Why not declare a martial law at the customs with General Danilo Lim, who have mastered the art of coup de tat as the head. The DOF should also think of best solutions to get rid of smuggling at trabaho ito ni Purisima. Yes higher taxes will result to rampant smuggling and the solution of the government to raise money is to impose higher taxes than improving ways to efficiently collect it.

  • Marty Tuazon

    Senator VAT, proposes lower tax… LOL – how ironic

  • divictes

    Madali at mabilis na na-ipuslit yun dahil tuwid nga ang daan.

  • batukan

    are there no cameras in those storage areas. Responsibility includes all personnel in the area, guards, checkers, clerks, etc. administrative liability only will not give them a lesson, criminal liability should be included in those cases, if none, then propriety calls for enacting one. government employees are resorting to smuggling because administrative cases will only result to separation from service which is very light considering the amounts involve. Criminal liability should be added to penalties on smuggling or other corrupt practices in the government.

  • Anak ng Naku Ewan

    Sa tutu-o lang wala ng mangya-yaring mabuti sa ating bansa, palubog lang ng palubog eto. The greatest fear that one could imagine now is when the central govt. breaks down and disintegrate. Kasi lalong magkakanya-kanya ang bawat Pilipino. “To each his own”. Because of our geographical features of being made up of islands, warlordism will prevail as those with guns, money and political clout would try to keep his turf o ‘balwarte in his own domain (province). There would be no more central direction, we would be reduce to barter system because there would be no more central bank and our money would no longer be acceptable to each one as no one guarantees each value. Peace and order would be a thing of the past, anyone can take in his own hands the justice that he believes he deserves. Lawlessness will not only be confined to Mindanao, it would be everywhere because there is no recognized law enforcement authorities. Tayo rin at ang pagiging corrupt, dishonest and walang pagmamahal sa bayan at kapwa natin ang magtu-tulak sa atin sa hukay ng kadiliman!!

  • carlcid

    Biazon is only making excuses for his own incompetence. Or possible corruption. Biazon’s reactions to the accusations against him are desperate and frantic. First he denies that his record at Customs is miserable. Then he attempts to implicate others to a demolition job. When that fails, he goes nihilistic and, like a suicide bomber, threatens to bring the institution down with him. Biazon is utterly pathetic. And this incident again demonstrates how utterly helpless and clueless Biazon is.

  • mekeni62

    miracles still do happen especially at BoC…..man made!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmacv1 Emma Custodio Villa

    Endemic ang corruption sa atin dahil madaling makalusot, nandiyan din yong kaisipan na lahat ay gumagawa nito kung may pagkakataon. Ang kailangan talaga ay pagbabago: bagong customs, bagong puso, bagong paniniwala, bagong pagkatakot sa Dios, bagong pagmamahal sa bansa, bagong pagkamuhi sa kasalanan (pagnanakaw) at bagong mga tauhang hindi nabibili ng kahit ano pa.

  • disqusted0fu

    This is what happens when you appoint non-performers/underachievers. But I guess Pnoy wouldn’t want to appoint people who are far better than him because he would only look dumber than he already is. That’s why the birds with the same feathers have to flock together.

  • disqusted0fu

    94 drums only?! That’s pocket change compared to the nearly 2000 container vans that disappeared which up to now haven’t been recovered yet. What is it with this administration and disappearing containers???

  • zidyay

    First, the amount involved in this case is comparatively small. At P6K per drum times 94, total amount is a little more than a half a million pesos.i believe that this is more to highlight the poor job that Biazon is doing as Customs Commissioner and by extension, embarrassed the Aquino administration on its “daang matuwid” campaign.There is no doubt the whole incident was an inside job most likely masterminded by the original smugglers in connivance with the storage operator, the guards and Customs personnel with jurisdiction on the premises.

    Accountability is easily identifiable and, if Biazon is serious in apprehending the culprits, their immediate arrest must not be difficult. But he seems resigned to the fact that the rampant corruption in the bureau is beyond control. He was for the dissolution of the Customs. Given his implicit surrender,he could no longer be expected to cleanse the bureau and PNoy must not waste time to replace him.

    The problem is not because of the tax rate why there is gasoline and diesel smuggling, contrary to what Senator Recto is saying.The big oil companies are not complaining of the taxes they pay. They are angry about the persistent failure by the government to stop other importers evading taxes who bring in and sell oil products at prices below competition. The tax maybe high but it is not the reason why these greedy individuals resort to smuggling. It is because the people making up the Customs Bureau is very corrupt and incompetent.They are powerless against the smugglers.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Bago muna i-abolish iyan… busisain muna ang mga assets and liabilities ng lahaaaaaat ng mga nagsisipagtrabaho including da pinuno. Tingnan lang natin kung sino talaga ang gumagawa ng male!

  • johnlordphilip

    Why can’t the government spend millions for monitoring systems (such as installing cameras, etc.) and save billions in the longrun? Cases like this would have been easy to solve, not as complicated as they are now.

  • Fancy Tan

    Tanggalin sa pwesto mga opisyales jan at ipabalik ang halaga na nawala, kasuhan at ikulong hanggat Hindi nababayaran ang nawala.

  • Karabkatab

    Lumalabas walang sistema ang BOC pagdating sa accountability of confiscated goods? Kung meron naman, dapat lang managot ang mga taong may responsibilidad sa usapin. Mga taga COA, hindi ba sakop ito ng inyong regular audit? Ano say nyo?

  • popeyee

    Mr. Vilma Santos, Singapore is different; they have political will to impose their laws, specially on death penalty…sa atin?? NGA-NGAAAAAAAAA…

  • Mel

    Maybe it’s a miracle from above, we’ve heard of water turned into wine now we have diesel turned into water. Throwing in the towel Ruffy?

  • XY ZEE

    Dalawa lang yan.
    It’s either ka-kuntsaba yung mga opisyal.
    Or tanga, clueless, o incompetent sila doon.
    Your choice, pero tingin masyadong matalino ang mga tao sa Customs.

  • Mark

    Accountability
    Sa bawat warehouse, area, zone, or department, maglagay ng tao na mananagot sa lahat ng kalokohang mangyayari sa kanilang sinasakupan, katulad nun sa warehouse sa Clark, kung ako ang responsible sa loob ng warehouse siguradong babantayan ko yun ng maiigi dahil tranaho ko ang nakasalalay dun, hindi ko hahayaan na kumita ang ibang tao at ako ang matatangal sa trabaho.

    Change

    Weakest link at weakling talaga siTsupsi Biazon, aminado na sya na wala syang magagawa reforma ukol sa smuggling, he is helpless, paano daw ang pamilya nya kung sagupaain nya ang sindikato sa customs, kaso dahil ka-federacion sya ni Pnoy ok lang na manatili sya sa pwesto. Ipalit si Pampi Lacson bilang Customs commissioner, kailangan kasi ng matapang ang loob na lalaban sa matagal ng kalakaran, sindikato sa customs. Kung may kapitbahay kayong taga customs yayain nyo mag inuman sigurado magkkwento yan kung paano sila kumita sa customs.

  • elgeepee

    anong klaseng commissioner itong si Biazon, sa Clark lang di mo kayang linisin. Just resign kung wala kang silbi sa government.

  • Ako_Hiking

    So not only does the Administration and their Customs allow smuggling to get so bad in the Philippines but the smuggled items that they’ve managed to already confiscate they’ve lost.

  • shane oy

    DAPAT sa mga customs work area lagyan ng camera na laging may nakabantay. lahat ng area na may cutoms, kahit parking area, cafeteria etc lahat yan lagyan ng camera 24 hours monitoring. dahil walang mapagkakatiwalaan sa mga yan.

    wala bang SOP – standard operating procedures ang mga yan para mareview at makita ang bahagi na may lapses?

  • whyinthisworld

    Connivance is the name of the game period. Fire customs people at that port. It definitely solve perennial problem on smuggling. On Recto, we can charge as much as low or as high taxes as you can provided that we keep honest, dedicated with high nationalism personnel to handle the job all through out the customs ports nationwide. Changing water to diesel is a sign that many people in and outside customs premises were not afraid of our laws and our law enforcers. And that’s our concern.

  • kulkat8

    Is David Cooperfield an employee of the BOC?

  • Cue_Vas

    Bakit ba pag pumalpak ang solusyon kaagad ay buwagin?

    Tanggalin na lang ang mga customs employees sa security of tenure para pag may pumalpak, tanggal agad sa pwesto. Una na ang commissioner.
    Ang hirap sa customs, kung sino pa ang matatanda sila pa ang garapal. Tanggalin na lang at sila na ang bahalang maghabo sa civil service commission.

  • superpilipinas

    Madali lang. Ayaw lang nilang gawin dahil ginagatasan nila ang BoC.

    Kunin lang nila ang SGS Philippines to re-engineer the management and processes at BoC. Since very transparent and fool proof ang SGS methods, automatic na matatanggal ang mga corrupt at incompetent kung gumawa sila ng kalokohan dahil hindi sila makakalusot.

    Then, kunin nila si Gen. Lim to work with NBI and create composite team of undercover operatives to infiltrate and pose as buyers or sellers and catch both smugglers and corrupt insiders. Do it like the ATF of US Department of Justice do.

    Pero kung ginagatasan nila ang BoC, bakit nga naman nila aayusin. Ayaw nga ni Aquino ng FOI o transparency di ba?

  • cowboys2

    Tired of this news…..di naman ito candy na pag naisubo di mo na makikita.

  • UrHONOR

    IS that you, Mike?

  • $14141131

    Custom’s efficiency in smuggling.

  • Rolly257

    Singapore with its speedy justice system is resolute on imposing harsh penalties to lawbreakers…a stark contrast in the Philippines.
    Malaki, maliit ang buwis, maka ahora ang laging tangka ng tao…human nature ika nga.
    Marami sa gobyerno ang hindi karapat-dapat sa pwesto. I don’t know about Recto. Hindi ko rin alam kung bakit ang bunga ni Claro M. Recto, hindi kasing tamis niya.

  • Yxon

    “Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon has proposed the abolition of the bureau and replacing it with a professional institution.” THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE SMUGGLING AND OTHER PROBLEMS IN THE CUSTOMS BUREAU. CORRUPTION IS REALLY DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN THEIR CULTURE.

  • Mamang Pulis

    :D

    W O W…

    NAIPUSLIT 94 BARRELS

    small time–ano pa kya yun oil barge tanker na dumidikit sa laot sa mga tanker…

  • teraytaray

    Napanood ko yung interview ni Winnie Monsod kay Biazon tungkol sa mga imports na bumabagsak sa Clark Freeport. Wala daw authority ang BOC dun, CF lang, kasi nga freeport area yun. May mga Customs employees sila na nakasuhan na, pero syempre di naman daw lahat kahit me duda ka di masampahan ng kaso for lack of evidence. Nahihirapan sya na pigilin ang corruption kasi nga yung mga magkaka kutsaba dun mga matagal ng empleyado. Commissioners come and go, (but those crocodiles will still be there, my words). Kaya nga pino propose i scrap ang BOC, para mag start from scartch.

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