Customs exec resigns

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THE chief of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) Internal Affairs Division (IAS) resigned on Tuesday after being implicated in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that passed through customs undetected.

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Milo Maestrecampo

IAS chief Milo Maestrecampo submitted his resignation to Malacañang a day after he was named by customs broker Mark Taguba as among the customs officials who received weekly “grease money” from him in exchange for the speedy facilitation of shipments.

Taguba, through a dummy, was said to have brokered the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that passed through the green lane or without inspection.

Maestrecampo, who was among the soldiers who took part in the 2003 “Oakwood Mutiny” along with now Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, announced his resignation before the IAS staff at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

This was confirmed to The Manila Times by one of his staff members who requested anonymity.
Customs spokesman Mandy Anderson could not be reached for comment.

The source quoted Maestrecampo as saying that “I am a man of honor.” The source said Maestrecampo wanted to give investigators a free hand, and that he wanted to spare his family from the controversy.

The source also said Maestrecampo vehemently denied receiving bribes from Taguba and demanded that he be given an opportunity by investigators to explain his side.

Aside from Maestrecampo, also implicated by Taguba were Intelligence Group Deputy Commissioner Teddy Raval, Manila International Container Port collector Vincent Philip Marinilla, Customs intelligence director Neil Estrella, intelligence officer Teddy Sagaral, as well as persons named Jason, Jojo, Gerry, Alex, Sandra, Alfred, Maita Acebedo, and a Major Gutierrez who passed away in July.

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