12 port collectors heed Biazon directive, submit resignations
At least seven district and five sub-port collectors of the Bureau of Customs have submitted their resignation as of Saturday.
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Friday ordered all port collectors to hand in their courtesy resignations by Monday to give him a free hand in reforming the corruption-plagued bureau.
The district collectors are Rogel Gatchalian of 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 disprove the allegation that he is being protected by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.
The sub-port collectors who tendered their resignation as well 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 that after all collections have handed their resignations the positions would be declared vacant.
He issued the directive three days after President Benigno Aquino 3rd lashed at the bureau in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) for failing to uproot corruption.
He made it clear that any Customs reorganization is subject to the approval of Department of Finance.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN