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70 firms, including Globe, 45 customs brokers suspended due to violations


Nine out of every 10 shipments of imported goods that pass through the country’s port are either misdeclared or undervalued, resulting in billions of pesos in lost government revenue, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Manila ports still congested following truck ban


The Port of Manila (POM) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP), two of the country’s biggest ports, are still “congested” with an undisclosed number of container vans of imported goods as a result of the Manila truck ban, according to an official of the Bureau of Customs.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Metro,Metro | Read More »

‘Culture of corruption continues at Customs’

New Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla and former Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon file photos

“Commissioners come and go, but the (culture of corruption) in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) continues.”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Palace to wait for final SC ruling on power hike before deciding on subsidy–Lacierda

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang said on Monday it would wait for the final Supreme Court ruling on whether the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) committed grave abuse of discretion in allowing a P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power increase.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

10 more Customs execs placed in ‘think-tank unit’ in revamp

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon

Ten more Bureau of Customs officials have been transferred to the newly created Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO) at the Department of Finance headquarters, bringing to 37 the total number of BOC executives to be placed on what DOF and BOC insiders call “floating status.”

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Firms seek trade, finance policy on Davao rice cargo

The legal counsel of importers whose rice shipments here have been seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) upon the instructions of the National Food Authority (NFA) has called on the finance and trade departments to intercede and clarify the legality of the cargo being intercepted despite the importation being in accordance with international trade agreements.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

SC asked to stop lower court from ruling on Customs’ revamp bid

Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Finance and Bureau of Customs asked the Supreme Court to stop a lower court
from acting on the bid of collectors from BoC to stop their transfer to a newly created office.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CA upholds dismissal of 4 DOF execs in P250M tax credit scam

The Court of Appeals. FILE PHOTO

The Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of four Department of Finance (DOF) officials linked to a P250-million tax credit scam in the late ’90s.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Appeals court affirms dismissal of 4 finance employees

The Court of Appeals building in Ermita, Manila. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/COURT OF APPEALS WEBSITE

The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman ordering the dismissal of four employees of the Department of Finance after they were found guilty of grave misconduct for issuing tax credit certificates worth P250.98 million to fictitious textile firm.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Biazon’s own staff transfers questioned

Resigned Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Among the recent movements at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) that were questioned by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima were those involving Commissioner Ruffy Biazon’s own staff, prompting bureau old-timers to suggest that Biazon was “being treated badly” by his immediate boss.

Posted: October 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Purisima: I didn’t OK Biazon orders


Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has questioned Commissioner Ruffy Biazon’s move of reassigning personnel in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) without his approval.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Of judges and stupid decisions


The Supreme Court has reacted to an item in this space in Sept. 28 entitled, “Godino vs Godino,” where I wrote about Parañaque Regional Trial Court Judge Noemi I. Balitaan.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Court extends TRO vs transfer of 15 Customs execs

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Manila Regional Trial Court on Friday extended the 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) earlier sought by 15 Bureau of Customs (BOC) collectors who had been ordered transferred to a newly created office under the Department of Finance (DOF).

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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  6. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
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  8. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
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