CORRUPTION in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) took a slap on the wrist after the Office of the Ombudsman suspended two officials in Cavite province who were caught red-handed mulcting money “for the boys.”
Customs operations officers Romeo Alicaya and Rodel Arciga were suspended from office after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) apprehended the two in an entrapment operation when proprietor Corazon Drilon of Orange Wine Trading complained about the two for their extortion.
Drilon, who engages scrap material business, said that Alicaya, more senior between the two respondents, demanded additional money “for the boys.”
“Otherwise, Alicaya would not approve the release of the scrap metals purchased by [my]company from the processing zone,” Drilon said.
On May 22, 2013, the NBI caught the two respondents receiving marked money from Drilon in an entrapment and forwarded the case to the Ombudsman for further administrative investigation.
Total cash extorted from Drilon amounted to a mere P5,000.
Deputy Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera of the Ombudsman for Luzon ordered on Monday the suspension of the two without pay pending the conduct of the administrative proceedings against them.
John Constantine G. Cordon