Abusive cops, be warned!


Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon’s suggestion that the agency he heads be abolished and replaced with a private institution needs to be looked into.

It has merit; Biazon’s reason is valid.

If a private agency collects duties and taxes for incoming and outgoing cargoes, the government may just be able to collect the correct amount of revenues.

Corruption at the customs bureau starts when importers or brokers misdeclare or underdeclare the contents of a shipment.

There would be no corruption if a private agency collected the tariff for the government. The civilian institution would be paid by the government on a percentage basis.

Biazon’s suggestion should be studied closely instead of being dismissed offhand by Malacañang.

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There are speculations within the Bureau of Customs that Biazon made the radical suggestion because he was tired of the “vested interest” groups that make his work of going after smugglers difficult.

The alleged vested interest groups include politicians, a religious sect and a Cabinet member.

These groups have people within the bureau who Biazon cannot easily remove or reassign.

Some Customs insiders, however, claim that a Cabinet member is given a lion’s share of the monthly “for the boys” collection.

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A Court of Appeals justice reportedly comes to his office in luxury and flashy cars, to the chagrin of fellow justices.

His “flavor of the month” is a Mercedes Benz sports car.

Why he has to display the alleged fruits of his corruption—where else would he have gotten the money to buy those expensive cars?—is unfathomable to his fellow justices, most of whom are corrupt, according to insiders.

The justice was not born rich; neither had he married into a rich family.

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Some line agents at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have questioned the appointment of Rafael Ragos as deputy director.

An NBI line agent is either a lawyer or accountant.

According to these agents, Ragos is not a lawyer. His appointment did not pass through the bureau’s selection board, they add.

All deputy directors are supposed to come from the ranks of line agents.

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Gift certificates from a drug store chain and a book store chain are being distributed by Team P-Noy or Liberal Party candidates, according to the United Nationalist Alliance.

The gift certificates allegedly come from Kaya Natin Movement, a nongovernment organization (NGO) cofounded by Commissioner Grace Padaca of the Commission on Elections.

“Kaya Natin” is endorsing the candidacies of Team P-Noy senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Risa Hontiveros and Koko Pimentel.

The distribution of gift checks is prevalent in Quezon City’s 3rd congressional district where 1,000 gift checks for school supplies are allegedly being given to each student of voting age.

If this is not vote-buying, I don’t know what is.

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Let me repeat what I wrote in a previous column, because abusive and criminal cops still abound despite its publication:

There is now a group of vigilante cops within the Philippine National Police (PNP).

These cops are not after ordinary criminals; they’re after their own who abuse the badge.

They kill their own kind.

The first to fall was a Manila policeman who was allegedly a member of a robbery gang that preyed on households in Sta. Ana district.

He was shot by vigilante cops riding tandem on a motorcycle.

Be warned, rogue cops!

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  • paulo

    Oh, that Justice is nothing compared to an RTC Judge in Quezon City who is fond of going to the office using luxury SUVs like Dodge Durango, etc.

    Clue —– this judge loves expensive jet skis and was recently pardoned by the Supreme Court for falsifying court records, paving a way for his promotion to the Court of Appeals. Hhhhhmmmmm. He is well known in legal circles together with another QC Judge (who is a former prosecutor) in fixing cases in QC. Additional clue ——– these male judges are both officers of the national association of RTC Judges and are both running for re-election in the association.

    Take note Chief Justice Sereno and PNoy of these two judges.


    >>>There is now a group of vigilante cops within the Philippine National Police (PNP).<<<

    AND who oversees the vigilante cops? What is their norm for making "good fella" cops sleep with the fishes? Judge and executioner rolled up into one, as they say.

    THE IDEA is BRILLIANT and VERY TIMELY, esp at this time when differentiating a thief or a criminal from a cop is not an easy task. Just hope that the "whacking" does not get way off the line. Titino ang mga TNL na thieves in cops' clothing sa sistemang ito. A la Roding Duterte na nagpatino sa Davao City sa ganung sistema. Kasi naman din kung hindi dadaanin sa dahas, ang mararahas ay lalong dumadalas ang pandurugas at lumalakas ang loob dahil may mga kasangga silang mga juez na, tulad nila, ay may sungay na din pati sa kili-kili.

    • Noel

      Vigilante cops who kill their own? No way. Cops don’t kill one another unless in an encounter or mistaken identity. There’s an unwritten code among cops that right or wrong, cops protect one another.

  • ikulong


    • chingnarciso

      ano ang akala mo? sabi niya noon ay black belt siya sa martial art,pero black eye ang nakita ko sa mukha niya…lol..nakita ko lang sa television,ewan ko kung linagyan ng make up para maawa ang mga katulad niya..lol..

  • Dindo Macabante

    No need to abolish. Ganoon din ang mangyayari kung private groups ang hahawak. Automated system for better and transparent transactions. Yon ang kailangan lang.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Si Charles Bronson at Cilnt eastwood ang imbentor ng vigilantes or vigilante cops. Me disadvantage din yan Tulfing. Kung personal na galit ang motibo, sino naman ang paparusa sa cop killer? Endless injustice.

  • jose_avila

    hard to believe there such a group called vigilante, parang fiction at least not in the Philippines most likely nag kalamangan sa partihan kaya nagka ganon pero with a good cause I dont agree sorry to say pero I already see it happened in many FPJ movie.

    • bornok0930

      hindi po mahirap paniwalaan yan dahil ginagawa na po yan ngayon. actually yung pulis sa sta ana is not the first one to fall.. meron na pong mga nauna. it’s the easiest thing to do to clean the ranks of the pnp..

  • johnlordphilip

    “vigilante cops” sounds nice, to attain instant justice. Having a group of cops that run after the rogue ones is a PERFECT idea if done legally. Anything not legal will end up BAD for any society.

  • http://twitter.com/retoot aris alfaro

    …yung mga haters sa last column, asan na kayo? nakalimutan nyo na yata yung closing line nya na ‘Jack Enrile was a victim of rumors and gossip’….aaaat walaakong angal saarticle ni mang mon ngayon, xcellent views on rogue pigs and whatnot.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    ayos… may vigilante n!!! at mga skalawags pa ang inuuna… tama yan!!!

  • Mark

    Mabuhay ang vigilante cops

    Sana pati mga walang kwentang opisyal sa Customs ay isama nyo sa pag tumba.

  • go88

    I heard there is also a group of vigilante journalists … there are after those corrupt columnists who collect envelopes from criminals … any idea who their first victim will be tulfing?

    • Noel

      Then, Mon Tulfo is among those in the list that should be eliminated. But it’s extremely difficult to take on this guy. He has high powered weapons and secured by a convoy of bodyguards some of whom are Marines.

      • indiosbravos2002

        And where were those bodyguards when Claudine had him sleeping in the canvas. Mukhang press release lang yan ni Mon Tulfo. Btw, sabi nya rib martial expert sya… siguro pag-tulog si loko

      • Noel

        His bodyguards were outside the airport. Had the fight happened outside, Raymart would have been harmed and even killed. Yes, Tulfo claimed to be Aikido expert. Yet, he fell down not even able to block or defend himself. All he could brag is his arsenal of high powered weapons.

      • go88

        Tulko’s a fake, he does aikido and filipino martial arts and brags about it, I don’t know if he still does kali’s illustrissimo in binondo but he can’t use his martial arts under stress.

      • WeAry_Bat

        perhaps he mistook dirty dancing as martial arts

      • Noel

        One can attend a few classes of martial arts and claim to be an expert.

      • go88

        Uhm nothing impossible …. if one knows his whereabouts and habits. The marines cannot always use their high powered firearms esp. at close quarters. There are people who could do a lot of damage at close quarters that even several marines couldn’t stop.

      • Noel

        The question is, where did he get the money to buy those guns and hire many bodyguards as a mere journalist?

  • Noel

    Abusive journalists, be warned !

  • Noel

    It’s only fair that Tulfo name the cabinet member as well as the religious sect or all cabinet members and religious groups are suspects.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    sana pati rogue journalists ay target din ng vigilante cops…

    shows how tulfing thinks…

    • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

      rogue is understatement.. corrupt, shabby, claudine-kicked journalist siguro!!!

  • kontra_boohaya

    Vigilantes operating with extreme prejudice. Lagot mga hindi cash-abwat mapa poolis o customs man yan.

  • Amador Amor

    I think Tulfo has gone mad even with his analysis. His suggestion that Biazon was right in recommending to abolish Custom was pure stupidity. Even if the bureau is run by private individuals, there will be corruption because it is run by people who are dishonest. Even if Tulfo runs the Bureau of Customs, corruption will still persist because of hundreds of employees who do not follow the code of conduct. Dada lang itong si Tulfing pero wala namang nagagawa. Ikaw ba Tulfo ay walang bahid ng corruption sa buong buhay mo? I doubt it.

  • Pio Pusli

    vigilante cops, my foot. kurakot cops meron. kaya nga nag Mamang Pulis para mangurakot.

  • kismaytami

    Vigelante cops?

    More likely:
    1) comrades left out of distribution of loot’s proceeds
    2) ‘onsehan’
    3) dirty jobs rivalry
    4) dirty jobs’ area competition
    5) thieving cop’s victim was cop killer’s relative

    But vigelante cops? Duh…

  • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

    “He was shot by vigilante cops riding tandem on a motorcycle” ??? tsk tsk!!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Sa mga vigilante cops ng PNP, sa caloocan po marami kotong cops ubusin niyo ang mga yun!

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    And what about abusive columnists?

  • anu12345

    “These cops are not after ordinary criminals; they’re after their own who abuse the badge.”

    Hard to believe.

  • ramon ardosa

    utos lim – ayaw ni kabise ng mga pulis hooligans s manila

  • http://www.facebook.com/matkurap.yan Mat Kurap Yan

    Mr. Tulfo, do try to get your facts straight. The distribution of gift checks for school supplies in the 3rd district of QC is part of a longstanding project of their congressman that focuses on education. Not only is it prevalent in the 3rd district of QC, it is the ONLY place where this distribution has occurred. While their congressman is affiliated with the Liberal Party and Kaya Natin, no other candidates are directly involved with this project. These checks were given BEFORE the start of the campaign period and benefited ALL 3rd district public high school students (regardless if they reside in the 3rd district or not), NOT “each student of voting age.” This is NOT vote buying, and clearly, you don’t know what is.

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