• Customs chief has quit?

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    Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla has reportedly quit his post and Malacañang, through the Department of Finance (DOF), is already looking for his replacement.

    According to three sources—one from the Palace, another from the Bureau of Customs and a lawyer—Sevilla has already submitted his resignation letter. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has supposedly confided to a “friend” that they are in a quandary on how to go about the Customs chief’s resignation but that there is now a process of selecting his possible replacement.

    “The president is playing his cards close to his chest. Not everyone in his circle knows. Commissioner Sevilla had been rumored to have left his post but Malacanang denied it. This time, it’s real,” said the BOC insider.

    Asked if Sevilla was planning to transfer to another government post, the source replied: “He just wants to go back to the private sector.”

    The Manila Times sent queries to Purisima but there was no reply.

    The Palace official, when confronted, did not confirm nor deny the report. Instead, he said: “Sevilla is the most resigned official. He has been rumored to have resigned a number of times.”

    When bluntly asked if this time, it is true, the official said: “wait for the announcement.”

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told the Times that he will have to verify the report.

    Sevilla was appointed Customs commissioner in December 2013. He replaced Rufino Biazon who resigned after being charged in connection with the pork barrel scam.

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    5 Comments

    1. Sana naman maubos na rin ang magnanakaw sa customs sa airport at walang OFW na hindi na nabuksan ang maleta nila. Me personally 50 pounds ang alam kung laman ng maleta ko pero noong makuha ko sa conveyor parang kalahati na lang ang laman at nung itanong ko kung saan ko ire report wala man lang may alam sa mga porter doon.

    2. Juan liwanag on

      a chinoy more of pinoy can not stand corruption as often must have been told by kkk what whom to follow., goodness decency made him resigned

    3. This will be the fourth(?) time that BoC have changed hands. The yellow regime knew well how to compensate their election financiers and cronies by choosing their own big boss inside the BoC.

    4. can no longer stomach the pressure from the palace to generate funds for 2016 elections