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    TWELVE collectors of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) resigned on Saturday, a day after Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon ordered all district and sub-port collectors to submit their letters of resignation not later than Monday.

    The district collectors who resigned were Rogel Gatchalian of the Port of Manila, Edward dela Cuesta of Cebu, Oswaldo Geli of Surigao, Eduard James Dybuco of Davao, Adelina Molina of Subic, Ronnie Silvestre of Clark, Pampanga and Darwisha Shuck of Zamboanga.

    Gatchalian said he resigned to give the commissioner a free hand and to disprove allegations that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is meddling with the affairs in the BOC in his favor.

    “And to show na hindi ako kapit tuko sa pwesto [that I am not clinging to my post],” he added.

    The five sub-ports collectors who also tendered their resignation were Noah Dimaporo of Harbor Center, Jemima Sy-Flores of North Harbor, Josefa Villasenor of Nasipit, Pendatum Alim of Dadiangas, and Pedro Quiñones of Parang.

    Biazon said he wants all positions declared vacant so that he would be able to implement a massive reshuffle at the BOC’s 15 collection districts.

    He admitted that the resignation of all Customs collectors does not solve the long-entrenched problems of the bureau but that it would give him a fresh start to introduce reforms. He also said that he was not blaming the collectors for the BOC’s failure to meet its revenue targets and its unsuccessful campaign to stop smuggling and corruption.

    Customs Deputy Commissioners Danilo Lim and Juan Lorenzo Tanada resigned on Wednesday, obviously stung by the public scolding they got during President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address.

    Biazon texted his resignation to Aquino immediately after the SONA, but the President did not accept it.

    Lim had bewailed that high-ranking public officials are meddling in the operations of the BOC.

    A source told The Manila Times that Speaker Sonny Belmonte and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. were among the “padrinos” who have been protecting some Customs officials. Malacanang was quick to clear Ochoa.

    Meawhile, a lawmaker also on Saturday sought the filing of charges against erring Customs officials and businessmen involved in smuggling and bribery.

    House Assistant Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list made the call in light of Customs Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim’s declaration that corruption and nepotism are deeply-rooted in the bureau.

    “There should be an action that would set an example. Criminal cases should be filed against Customs officials and businessmen involved in smuggling,” Tugna said.

    He likewise proposed that the Customs bureau be exempted from the Salary Standardization Law since Customs assessors are vulnerable to pay-offs.

    “They should have a high salary so that they are less likely to succumb to graft and corruption,” the lawmaker added.

    Former Customs Commissioner and Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro admitted that importers who experience delays in the clearance of their cargo and other shipment led Customs officials ‘to go the easy way out’.

    “These businessmen are willing to let go of certain amounts which are difficult to turn down. If the cargo is worth P100 million, you can just imagine how much the importer is willing to spend just to get that out,” he said.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd lambasted Customs officials in his State of the Nation Address for their failure to meet tax collection targets and stop shipment of arms and illegal drugs.

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    1. Arduanon Timeo on

      it’s not enough for these people to resign,also investigate the brookers of the customs whom are the culprit of red tapes.

    2. Indeed, if P-NOY should be sincere in weeding out corrupt officials in the Bureau of Custom, his spear knows no brother, no sacred member of his political empire. If high profile public officials shall be put to jail due to corruption and intervention of the affairs in the Bureau of Customs, the rampant corruption in the Bureau of Customs will become rampant honesty almost overnight. Should our president determined enough to put to jail Ochoa and Belmonte and other government officials should the evidence so warrants, it should be a miracle in the Philippines.

      • Good job? He had to wait for P-Noy to do that. He should have done that on his first day on the job. Obviously he was benefiting from the system.

    3. bakit hindi kasali sa nag resign yung sinasabing tuta nila ochoa at belmonte?? kapal ng mukha nyo mag resign na kayo!!!!!!!!

    4. Malaki ang epekto nito sa nag bitiw na BOC collectors. Una: sira ang programming ng mga ito para sa kanilang lifestyle, tulad ng allotments ng kanilang mga ‘X” at pinakamenos me pinagpa-aral pa ang mga iyan. ‘di lang seguro dalawa, tatlo o marami sila. Sa palagay ko, gagawa ‘yan ng paraan na makagapang dyan sa BOC. Sa bagay marami na kayong naiipon mula pa noong decada 80’s. Sa totoo, mansion ang bahay ninyo at mga lupain na galing sa dehehsya sa Bureau of Cost-thomb. Sa mga BOC Cost-thomb commissions-errs, lalo na. Segure nakatayo na kayo ng private arm group, dahil mga armas na smuggled segurado meron para sa “for-the-boys-toys”. Malamang meron na kayong gun store na connected ng mga Generals sa AFP. Sana mali ang assesment. Tama na seguro na matikman ninyo ang setuasyon na natikman namin mga less previleged people/marginal na mga tao. Sana matikman ninyo na iiwan kayo sa mga magagandang mga chicks/asawa dahil menos na ang kita ninyo tulad sa amin na iniwanan rin ng asawa dahil walang maidulot na masarap sa pamilya. Sana matikman man lang ninyo na mag-isip na mag bigti o magsuicide dahil walang kakayahan maghanap buhay dahil walang trabaho sa bansa natin. Sana mag-isip na kayo bumalik sa kapangyarihan ng Maykapal at hindi ‘yung makapal/garapalan sa paggawa ng kaslanan. TQVM

    5. Hindi na bago ang mga revamp revamp na yan. D ba pag may bagong admin, e revamp agad? E anong nangyari? Yong mga tinanggal dahil corrupt daw, o kaya ay incompetent daw, e napalitan lang ng kaparehong corrupt or incompetent. Bakit ko nasabi? E wala namang nagbago? Pagdating ng bago ulit na admin, revamp na naman. E nagbago ba mula nang mga 50 years na? Wala. Hanggang ngayon, yon pa rin ang issue: CORRUPTION. Kaya dito sa Customs revamp na gagawin ni Biazon, hindi ako uma-asa. Ganun ulit mangyayari, papalitan lang ng kagaya nung mga tinanggal…