Whatever happened to…?

Porsche-driving customs clerk

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Remember Paulino Elevado, a clerk at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who was driving a Porsche when he reportedly beat up and shot a 20-year-old student in a traffic altercation at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) on Jan. 21, 2012?

His resignation may have prevented the BOC from pursuing administrative charges filed against him by the Department of Finance, but it did not stop the Customs bureau from forfeiting all his benefits, according to Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

“Although the dismissal (of the administrative charges) came after (Elevado’s) resignation, his benefits were still forfeited,” Biazon said, adding that BOC investigators had earlier conducted a lifestyle check on the clerk who was earning less than P10,000 a month but drove a  Porsche worth at least $120,000 (nearly P5 million).

The BOC head also vowed that Elevado would be “prosecuted to the fullest extent (of the law) to serve as an example that his kind of behavior does not have a place in government.”

Elevado and his companion during the road rage incident, Florencio Bato, are facing charges of frustrated murder and physical injuries.

Car ownership denied

Days after missing work, Elevado surfaced in February 2012 to deny ownership of the 2006 model luxury vehicle, claiming that he was merely acting as an agent for its sale.  The former BOC clerk however failed to name the car’s real owner.

Biazon earlier blogged about the case, saying that it made him “sad that the efforts of the Bureau of Customs to regain the trust and confidence of the people have been set back by the actions of one man.”

The BOC chief added: “It makes me mad that a man who took an oath to serve the people instead displayed arrogance and abuse by attacking defenseless youths.”

Not tolerated

According to Biazon, “the actions of Paulino Elevado who, together with his companion Florencio Bato, chased a couple of youths through the SLEX all the way to an establishment where they sought refuge and fired their guns (at) their helpless prey, shall not be tolerated.”

Security cameras on SLEx recorded the incident.

The Customs chief also explained that Elevado’s actions were “done outside his official duties and time,” so the BOC could only bring administrative charges against him.

“Criminally prosecuting him for his actions rests mainly on the victims, who were the recipients of his abuse,” Biazon added.

The former Muntinlupa representative who assumed his Customs post in September 2011, lamented that cases like that of Elevado’s “do not help the image of (the BOC) … and “run smack against efforts to reform the BOC and regain the people’s trust and confidence in the agency.”

Biazon added:  “It is an insult to Customs employees who share this mission with me, especially those who have struggled to lead clean and modest lives in the face of the temptation to live on the fast lane and benefit from corruption.”

The Customs commissioner bewailed the mostly “negative perceptions and prejudgment” on the BOC that has often been described as one of the most corrupt agencies of the government.

The Philippine National Police revoked the gun licenses of both Elevado and Bato following an investigation of the January 2012 road rage incident.

Revoked were Elevado’s license for his .40-caliber Taurus pistol, which was confiscated by the police during the incident, and Bato’s papers for his .45-caliber Sam Shooter, according to the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.

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  • AntiAko

    What about the Porsche? Was it confiscated?

    • $14334231

      kinumpiska para gawing ebidensya, kaya lang……ipinag bili na…limang milyon ata ‘yon……

  • pinoynga

    And how about the recent case where drums of confiscated diesel were replaced with water? What happened to the officer assigned to manage and run that BOC branch? What happened to the security agency and their personnel who are suppose to guard the premises? Like the tarnished image of the PNP, the BOC head who is Biazon can make the difference. Unfortunately, we the citizens do not see changes on the ground. We need results not excuses. Put corrupt customs personnel in jail ASAP.

    • EVILCOUPLE

      This show how vicious they are, it’s already confiscated is still they had the nerve to stole it. ONLY IN THE PHILS.

  • regd

    So where’s the stupid pistolero now?

    • Drillon Recto

      Cooling his heels off the massive wealth he collected while at BOC.

  • rudy_boy

    So where’s the big time government clerk now?

    What happened to the life style check? to the $5m Porshe?

    Inquirer, failed to answer the title of their own article/news.Bitin !

    Hence…we conclude…

    Probably, he’s now working as a “fixers” in BOC…siempre kilala nya mga tao na lalapitan.

    …(maybe) that’s what happened…he still laughing all the way to the banks.

  • Horst Manure

    Sounds like BOC is trying to lead by example and at last realise the whole office is on the nose.

  • Yanong_OFW

    wala na yun sa pinas..pinabakasyon na pra hindi kakanta..

  • virgoyap

    a clerk of BOC having a porsche and a gun and trying to beat up and shot a 20 year old student? Oh my God!! What an injustice if he will not be prosecuted.

    • Nelson Baguya II

      …..and earning a Php 10,000.00 salary.

  • $14334231

    the question now is:…”will he sing,” or is he laughing now somewhere outside ‘pinas where reciprocity for felonies are non-existent…..

  • mike8232

    the question is why is he still free

    lock this guy up for attempted murder and make him an example of swift justice

    ang hina naman ng hustisya ng pilipinas katulad ng presidente

    • jpmd88

      so true. There are cases worse than this. Massacre suspects who did the crime in 2011 tapos 2013 lang nag release ng warrant of arrest. Tatawa tawa lang siguro itong hindot na eto.

  • mike8232

    weak president
    weak justice system
    weak country

    • Barak_O

      weak idea

    • Drillon Recto

      weak analogy.

  • anongaba

    dami po kayong gamyang klaseng tao sir! sibakin po nyo sana lahat yan, lalo pa po yung nasa aduana. yan po ang magpapasama sa inyong pilit na pagpapaganda ng imahe ng Custom.

  • resortman

    Bottomline…wala pang nangyayari sa kaso at ang pinalalabas ng artikulong ito ay malinis ang BOC bukod kay Paulino….papogi points lang to at walang katuturan…si Paulino patawatawa..pakuyakuyakoy…hahaha! Political animals!!

  • ApoNiLolo

    Biazon showing he is doing his job by getting rid of one bad apple does not remove the stench of corruption in the bureau.

  • mike8232

    Kung ako si Aquino i would have made an example of this guy as soon as he was caught to prove the Matuwid na Daan rhetoric

    Unfortunately this weak – willed, weak minded president has wasted many opportunities to exact long lasting change and reform

    He will be a foot note in history eventually as a better president will hopefully come along who will not waste the mandate of the poor filipinos that represent the majority of voters.

    Weak, weak, weak ! that is your president yellowtards
    accept it
    dont deny it
    languish in it

    • Barak_O

      this is all a real life weakling can do

    • binag

      mora kamang baboy mike, cgeg eweak, eweak, eweak hehe.

  • $26606290

    If this clerk did not figure in a traffic altercation would we know about him and his lifestyle?

    The BOC heads if they are indeed sincere in their efforts to rid the agency of corruption are clueless and have little to show for their “efforts”.

    Nagtatakipan lang lahat ang mga tao dyan kasi kanya kanyang racket.

  • Jack Bw

    Shut up about the BOC’s image. Just prosecute him and catch more of his kind.

  • TAGA-MASID

    MR. BIAZON, pls do your job….your disciplinary action as head of BOC, is now a must – your position had given you the full force of the law in regards to disciplinary action, against your corrupt employees – ACTION MR. RAFFY BIAZON…

  • Drillon Recto

    Ano nga nangyari?

  • speedstream2

    This item raises more questions than answers, such as: 1) Where’s the Porsche now and who really owns it? 2) Was the acquisition of that vehicle above-board? 3) Does the fellow’s assets match his monthly earnings of less than 10K then at BOC? If not, has any appropriate charges been brought against him? 4) How many more BOC employees. if any, are being looked at for having assets well beyond their legitimate incomes? 5) How serious is the BOC leadership in its campaign against graft and corruption within its ranks?

  • disqusted0fu

    Do you also remember the 2000 container vans that disappeared and up to now haven’t been recovered yet? This is the problem with the tuwid na daan, if its their allies who are making blunders or perhaps are involved in anomalies, they quickly cover it up with something and make the public forget about it asap.

    Everyone should be reminded more often of all the shortcomings and anomalies of this current administration who claims that they run a good and transparent governance.

  • bright

    This killer needs to be killed. Hambog!

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