Customs ‘padrinos’ named

July 25, 2013 11:17 pm

EXECUTIVE Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. were identified as among the personalities acting as “padrinos” or godfathers to some ranking officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who do not wish to be removed or reassigned somewhere else.

According to a an unimpeachable source of The Manila Times, Ochoa, touted as the “Little President,” and Belmonte, the fourth most powerful official in the country, have been protecting people at the bureau.

Belmonte and Ochoa “are among the government officials who act as power brokers and protectors to ensure that their men at the Bureau of Customs remain in their posts,” the source, whose credibility is beyond question, said.

He noted that Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) Collector Ricardo “Boysie” Belmonte is a brother of the Speaker, while Customs Deputy Commissioner Peter Manzano is Ochoa’s man in the agency.

“There are many in the bureau who have their own backers,” he added.

The source mentioned Customs Intelligence and Investigation Division chief Director Fernandino Tuazon, Deputy Commissioner Horacio Suansing, Deputy Commissioner Prudencio Reyes, Port of Manila Collector Rogel Gatchalian, NAIA District Collector Ding So, X-Ray Division chief Collector Mimi Talusan and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) chief Richard Rebong.

Last January, Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon ordered a reshuffle of officials to include Belmonte and Gatchalian. But the source said the two, who are among the so-called “three kings” at the bureau, have not been dislodged despite failing miserably in curbing corruption and hitting their target collections.
The source said Tuazon also enjoys Ochoa’s protection.

Tuazon is among those being investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the controversial 2,000 containers loaded with highly taxable goods worth P2 billion that disappeared on the way from the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port to the Port of Batangas.

But even then, Tuazon got his present post following the retirement of Director Filomeno Vicencio.

Suansing was former Port of Manila collector. He is from Iloilo and a close relative of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. Gatchalian is reportedly a protégé of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, while Talusan is related to the Singsons of Ilocos Sur.

Reyes, So and Rebong were reportedly being supported by a powerful religious sect.
Rebong is also one the controversial officials at the bureau. Before his appointment as CIIS chief, he was an “Intelligence Officer 1” with a salary grade of 8.

But Rebong was promoted to CIIS chief with a salary grade 25 or 17 degrees higher.

Last year, the Civil Service Commission issued a decision ousting Rebong as CIIS chief for being “unqualified.” The CSC order has not been carried out.

Undaunted
Reached for comment, Speaker Belmonte said he is not worried that his name was dragged into the controversy as he called on those who have evidence to prove their allegations to come out.

“I don’t feel alluded to at all. I have never talked to either one of them for any reason whatsoever. I challenge them to name names,” Belmonte said in a text message to the Times. He was referring to resigned Customs deputy commissioners Danilo Lim and Juan Lorenzo Tañada.

It was Lim who disclosed that “there are many ‘powerful forces’ in the bureau” who intervene in the agency’s affairs. He said that he had requested on at least six occasions to be transferred to another agency but Ochoa kept on telling him “diyan ka muna [stay put]” because the bureau still needed his services.

He also said that he intends to wait for the decision of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, before he decides to take on the next step.

Tañada confirmed in a radio interview also on Thursday that “political backers” exist in Customs.

He even speculated that it would take “two terms” for Aquino before the bureau could efficiently operate without these mal practices.

The Times asked Tañada if he had personally experienced being pressured by the same “powerful forces,” to which he replied: “While we receive calls, queries, and endorsements from many sectors, we do not let these affect our decision-making, which is primarily qualifications based.”

For his part, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr., the Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, noted that Lim and Tañada should come clean instead of throwing mud on the whole Legislative branch.

“They should name them because otherwise, it is being unfair to Congress. We have 280 plus House members and 24 Senators. One of them [said] that he was forced to resign because his work is hampered by politicians calling him from time to time.

What is the nature of such calls?” Tupas pointed out.

“We need to know who these people are so they can be investigated, in congruence to the administration’s program of fighting graft and corruption,” Tupas, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, added.

Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas warned Customs officials against using such influence peddlers to justify their lackluster performance.

Fariñas is a part of the House contingent in the Commission on Appointments for the 16th Congress.

“I demand that they identify the alleged influence peddlers. Even if such claims were true, the politicians can only make calls. Those calls should not prevent Customs officials from discharging their duties,” Fariñas, who headed the House Sub-Committee on Customs in the 15th Congress, added.

Laguna Rep. Benjie Agarao echoed such sentiments, saying that such accusations are all useless without the names of erring public officials.

“It is not a good thing to say. If they know something, then reveal them. Otherwise, they should shut up,” Agarao said.

Lim on Thursday called on other top Customs officials to file their courtesy resignation so as to give President Benigno Aquino 3rd a “free hand” in reforming the bureau.

“I called on other customs officials to submit their resignation so as to give the President a free hand. That is the most prudent thing to do,” Lim said in a separate telephone interview from Baguio City.

Lim submitted his letter of resignation a day after Biazon filed his. On Monday, Aquino issued scathing remarks against the bureau and its officials during his State of the Nation Address.

Deputy Customs Juan Lorenazo Tañada submitted his on Wednesday.

The President has turned down the resignation of Biazon while that of Lim and Tañada have yet to be acted upon.

‘No one will be spared’
In Malacañang, officials said the Aquino government will be implementing a “wide-ranging reform” in the Customs bureau that will spare no one.

”The President always said we will go wherever the evidence leads. The President’s order is clear—nobody will be spared,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference.

He noted that all issues will be answered once the reforms to combat corruption in the BOC are implemented.

“We are going to reform Customs. We are going to do it,” Lacierda stressed, but he declined to give any details on the reform plan for the agency.

”If I even give you a glimpse of it, I am certain that they will be made aware of what the reform measures will be; and hence, for that reason, I cannot speak on any detail, or any glimpse, or a shadow of the reforms that we’re going to slip you by,” Lacierda explained.

On Lim’s claim that there were some external forces that seemed to be giving Customs officials a hard time doing their job, Lacierda said: “I’m sure there are intel reports that are, that we have—that the DOF has received and, for that reason, we are implementing a wide-ranging reform in the Customs.”

”Whatever his statements, whatever insinuations that came out of his statement, I think all that will be resolved when the reforms are implemented,” he said.

With Reports From Catherine S. Valente And Llanesca T. Panti

56 Responses to Customs ‘padrinos’ named

  1. Victorino Ramas says:

    Kung seryoso si Pnoy sa kanyang krusada laban sa corruption. Lahat ng involve sa mga katiwalian dapat pagbitiwin ng tungkulin at papanagutin sa batas(10B scam, BOC, military atbp.) Wala dapat siyang sasantuhin sukdulang ilang matitino na lang ang matira sa senado, kongreso, mga opisyal sa mga ahensya/departamento ng gobyerno at militar. Pag siya’y pumalpak dito, anong legacy ang iiwanan nya sa taumbayan pagkatapos ng kanyang termino?

  2. Nhoizky Alred says:

    Mr.President sabi mo before sa amin na kami ang iyong BOSS kaya kami ang nag uutos ngayon na dapat mo ng linisin ang BoC na pinag mumulan ng malaking corruption sa hanay ng iyong mga Departamento. buti pa yung 2 opisyales na kasama nila ay nag resign agad kasi yung mga iyon ay may konsensya at ayaw mabahiran ang kanilang mga pangalan ng kasamaan…
    kaya ako saludo ako kina Gen.Lim at Mr. Tanada
    kaya kayong mga tiga custom ang kakapal ng mukha nyo nagawa nyo pang mag tagal dyan sa ganyang pwesto……..ang karma nan dyan lang yan cge kayo…

  3. Rolando Punzalan says:

    siguro panahon na para imbestigahan ang mga yaman ng mga matataas na opisyal ng bureau lalo na ang tax declaration para magkaalaman na.gusto mo Prez ng tuwid na daan,yan ang tahakin mo at para naman un pera na nakukulimbat ng makakapal ang mukha na nakaupo diyan at wlang konsensiya ay mapunta sa kaban ng bayan at mapkinabangan ng mammamayan lalo na ang mga kumakalam ang sikmura.

  4. Eric says:

    Why is Pnoy and the Palace so quick to defend ES Ochoa? Di man lang ba titingnan man lang o paimbistigahan ang executive sec at si Speaker sonny?

  5. bhoy de guzman says:

    dapat na nga na isang matapang na lider ang ilagay dyan sa CUSTOM..pwede nga si DUTERTE..

  6. william bundoc says:

    commissioner biazon.umpisahan mo na silang balasahin ngayon nasa momentum ka tiyak hindi makikialam ngayon ang mga padrino nila dahil laman sila ng dyaryo.its your time to shine.

  7. carmela malig says:

    So what’s new pussycat, er, lapdogs? My late relative, Capt. Romeo Malig, graduate of an elite US Naval Academy, was assigned as Chief of MIA (currently NAIA ) Customs, was so strict and clean that he earned the ire of Madame Imelda Marcos, then First Lady, since he charged her a hefty tax for her excess luxurious baggages (to him no freebies no matter who you are and did his job) and paid the price of losing a most coveted job. And he was prepared to lose it to save his dignity.

    Now anyone who can replicate his feat ??? Anyone…..???

  8. jay says:

    kahit sinong matinong presidente ay wlang magawa dyan sa BOC kung ang nakapaligid na canite ay myembro ng mafia sa loob ng boc kumbaga bantay salakay unless e dissolve yung BOC then e restructure uli minus those good old crocodiles no one of them should be rehired para malinis ang umpisa.

  9. Boy.Adwana says:

    Kahit sino pa ang ilagay nyo dyan…kahit sobrang tino ang ilagay nyo dyan…titiklop lahat yan kapag unti-unting susubuan ng mga broker at importer…sino ba may gustong bumaba ang buwis na binabayad nila…diba mga broker, isama nyo na din ang mga importer…yung 2 nagresign na depcom, kala nyo ba walang natanggap na suhol ang mga yan, iyong accreditation lang na mga broker at importer na hawak ni depcom lim, dyan pa lang nagsisimula na ang kurapsyon…hindi nga sila ang direktang nangungulekta ng TARA, ngunit may mga bagman sila na gumagawa para sa kanila…pare-parehas ang mga yan, wala kayong tulak kabigin sa mga yan…kulang kulang din ang impormasyon ng naglathala nito, alamin muna ninyo ang mga tunay na taong nasa likod ng bawat isa, baka magulat kayo…kasama ang ilang mga boss ng naglathala nito ang nakatatanggap ng biyaya ng TARA!…”bwahahaha” malamang ganyan ang tawa ng mga opisyal na binabanatan ninyo…dahil alam nila kasama ang ilang media sa nakikinabang ng biyaya ng TARA!…tandaan ninyo babalik din sa inyo ang mga binabalita ninyo…patatahimikin din kayo ng mga magigiting ninyong AMO!

  10. william bundoc says:

    tunay nga na ginawa ng gatasan ang pilipinas.tama ang sabi ni noy ANG KAKAPAL .mahal na pangulo alam naming kung gaano kahirap kalabanin ang mga tao na ngayon nakaugat na sa boc,mga mafia sa pilipinas.pero nasa likod mo kami.kami.na nagnanais ng pagbabago.ito ang magiging pamana mo sa susunod pa na henerasyon ang legacy ng familyang AQUINO.alam ko madami kang isasakripisyo ditto friends relatives at madami pa pero.kayo na langnatitira pa na tao para bumangga sa mga yan.naumpisahan mo na tapusin niyo na po nasa likod ninyo ang taong bayan.alam naming na kakayanin ninyo kasi wala kayong nagging utang na loob sa kong nino mang poncio pilato noong kayo pa ay nangangampanya.kami po na nasa ibang bansa ay handing tumulong sa kung anong iutos ninyo sa amin na tulong in terms of remittances nandyan na kami para sa economy natin .ngayon,kung kayo naman ang mangangailangan ng financial handa ang mga ofw sa mga ibat ibang grupo para lang mattangal at mapakulong ang mga mafia na yan.salamat po.

  11. Roberto Sarmiento says:

    BOC Officials, bakit nyo tinanggap ang trabaho kung padidikta rin lang kayo sa mga sinasabi ninyong “padrinos”? Di ba nyo alam kung ano ang responsibilidad nyo? “NO BODY IS ABOVE THE LAW” kaya kahit sino pa ang padrino, kapag labag sa bagtas ipagtanggol nyo ang inyong karapatan at ang sambayanan di ang iisang tao lang na walang malasakit sa kapwa lalot higit ay sa mga kababayan nating kumakalam ang sikmura at nagkakasakit dahil sa kahirapan. Government Officials should be the PROTECTOR of the people against unlawful acts whoever is behind it. Kapag takot ka, ibig sabihin di ka dapat maging official. Mr. President siguro po nagkamali kayo ng pagpili sa kanila.

  12. imo says:

    hay naku, babae man o lalaki sa custom ay corrupt, seaman na pinoy kapag nagsignout ay garapalang kung kutongan ang kakapal ng mukha, ewan ko kung bakit kayang sikmurain ang perang hindi pinagpawisan. One time sa NAIA ay hiningiandin ako p[ero ang sabi ko ay kung bakit nanghihingi samantalang may sweldo naman sila. Obserbahan ninyo bastat taga custom maraming pera.

  13. dannifs says:

    Ano bang independence..walang pakinabang ang mahihirap na pinoy jan. Bakit hindi na lang tayo magpasakop sa US, wala ng kahirap hirap maghanap ng trabaho…pupunta ka ng Hawaii, Guam, Los Angeles, etc. hindi mo na kailangan ng passport. Kesa namang ganyan puro na lang pagnanakaw ng mga opisyal, bangayan, hindi magkasundo, lahat matatalino, ayaw sumunod sa batas, puro na lang patayan dahil sa hirap..

  14. Vektor Nagali says:

    Por delicadeza, dapat gamitan na ng kamay na bakal ang mga taong nabanggit(Belmonte at Ochoa) para ipakita sa masang Pilipino na seryoso ang administrasyon sa pag taguyod sa “Tuwid na Daan”. Bakit hindi ilagay si Sec Rogelio Singson sa BOC para malinis niya ito tulad ng ginawa niya sa DPWH na minsang tinawag na “most corrupt” agency at ngayon ay malaki na ang pinagbago..

  15. aira desus says:

    Wala na talagang mangyayari dyan sa pinas.Ang dapat gawin dyan bombahin na lng yan para pareparehas na tayong mawalan ng pagkabuhay.

  16. Irvin says:

    Nagresign mga yan pero wag ka kumita na din sila….

  17. jose says:

    sige huwag ng magtakipan …ilabas nyo na lahat ng may mga ginagawang MAGIC sa loob man o labas ng BOC basta may ginagawang di katanggap tanggap na mga transakyon ,kung hindi parang sinabi na rin natin na OK lang ang mga ginagawa nila ,so mga may ALAM please come out and SPEAK out the Filipino people around the globe will be happy and proud of you kasi sila ang mga taong gahaman at nagpapahirap sa kapwa nila pinoy na sana ang BILYONG nililimas nila nakikinabangan nating LAHAT …

  18. WJGBalderama says:

    Commissioner Ruffy Biazon is right: DISSOLVE THE BOC and STAR ALL OVER AGAIN. This way, the Commissioner can build a team that he can work with in pursuing the difficult task of creating an agency that the PIlipino people can be proud of.

  19. goriob says:

    Only the Manila Times had the nerve to name the padrinos….
    Cannot expect the Philippine Star (with possible link to the Belmontes) to do so while Inquirer is a PNoy mouthpiece and very close to the Aquino family …

    Congratulations to the Times and to Sheila Mañalac and William B. Depasupil …

  20. danilo francisco serrano says:

    It is very very clear that Biazon’s 3 years hasn’t done something in aid for your ‘DAANG MATUWID’ Mr. President. Why then are you keeping Mr. Biazon? A lot of promises Biazon has released to the press right after getting this post but everything was at all rhetorics. Is 3 years not enough to judge how effective your appointees are Mr. Aquino? You’re all alone in your daang matuwid thus making your program itself deceitful to the peole.

  21. fighting joe says:

    BOC commissioner is right in saying that even if we replace all the officials in BOC , corruptions will still be unabated . Why ? It is the system and not the people that is weak and prone to be corrupted . The process at the BOC is still manual . All the documents undergoes human intervention and so can be manipulated , can be faked . The process should be computerized that will minimize to the maximum the interaction between the customs broker and customs officials .

  22. Tom De Leon says:

    just execute or salvage these crooks. thats swift justice.

  23. Tom De Leon says:

    the best solution to this is firing squad for the bosses. these are like Mafias. hoodlums and scumbags still infested and imbedded in the government service. I wish these scums be executed or savlaged for their crimes against the people.

  24. Joel R says:

    Mr. President,
    Hihintayin mo pa bang mag-resign yang mga taong maka-kapal ang mukha na yan? Please lang, tanggalin mo na sila lalo na’t ngayon ay nabunyag na sa publiko ang kanilang mga pangalan. Huwag mong intindihin ang kani-kanilang mga padrino dahil lahat ng mamamayan ay nasa likod mo. Tumawag ka lang sa sambayanan at ipag-tangol ka namin. At si Ochoa, ay tanggalin mo na rin. Salamat po.

    • Kadyo says:

      Tama ka Pre!
      Ang isang tunay na kaibigan ay hindi ipapahamak ang kanyang kaibigan.
      Kung totoo ang bantang kay Ochoa, dapat walang pakundangang alisin sya sa pwesto.
      Daang tuwid PNoy! Handa naming tahakin…. Daang tuwid!

  25. BureauOfCorruptions says:

    The president knows all those personalities even b4 he sits in the palace. Now that he’s been there for 3 yrs. already, may nangyari bang tanggalan? Wala!!!!!! Harap harapan ang kalakal ng mga kawatan dyan sa loob ng BOC. Cgurado isang “matinong” presidente lang ang kayang maglinis ng BOC! Ang tanung, kelan pa? Dahil sa kasalukuyan, hindi mangyayari ang tunay na paglilinis sa loob ng BOC.

  26. ro says:

    let’s see, kung ano magagawa ni PNoy. sana panghawakan nya ang mga pinangako nya. kung wala syang aksyon na gagawin, hindi na magigiba yang corruption….forever, kahit sino pang presidente ang susunod.

  27. ritche tumala says:

    palitan na ng bago ang head ng customs….dapat ang ilagay dyan c mayor Lim or Duterte….tingnan natin kung dba mapahiya yung mga ungas na nandyaan at mga nagpo protecta sa mga yan…;)

  28. Jun Mancor says:

    Tanga lang ang maniniwalang walang kinalaman ang mga pulitikong yan sa kalakaran sa Customs. Ugali na ng pilipino yang ‘pakiusap’ system. Ok lang, kung maliit na bagay pero kung bilyon na ang usapan, dapat talagang i expose yan para masampolan.

  29. jose parco says:

    Mr. Ruffy Biazon was right after all! abolish the present customs bureau but as the protectors are all in the palace this is impossible! they cannot be fired but they can be all suspended! as they are the major cause of govt. losses in Bn of PhP have them all suspended for incompetence for the next 10 years! again this won’t happen as the president will also protect his men no matter what! so what to do?! let’s start a revolution of protest! they wouldn’t listen? they will hear! “when our leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to our leaders”!

  30. Joe Estrada says:

    It’s time to show this “punk” belmonte no one is above the law.

  31. Danny Rayos del Sol says:

    news and newsmen has a way of twisting the truth. there are few good men in the agency. some of the appointed people were there because they are expected to deliver to clean or to put a good system to diminish if not eradicate corruption in the bureau. the corrupt people doesn’t want these new people, they don’t want any changes. change would disrupt their corrupt system.

    it seems that all people in the government are fighting corruption! BUT WHO ARE THEY REALLY FIGHTING?

  32. troy says:

    mas marangal pa ang dating general angelo reyes at manipis ang mukha kaysa sa mga mandarambong na nakapwesto ngayon. at least, si general reyes kunsiyensiya ang umiral at hindi natakot kitilin ang buhay.etong mga mandarambong na eto dapat e dahan dahaning patayin para meron kabayaran yung mga ninakaw nila sa bulsa ng bayan

  33. Guadalupe says:

    This Ochoa should be removed from office. His corruption is all pervading. That he is being coddled by Pnoy is a big disgrace. We should have been rid of him eversince his ugly pangs showed.

  34. pogipoint says:

    Mr. President kilos po tayo. Revamp BOC aksyon kaagad hindi puro lip service. time is gold. Puro press release lang walang aksyon.

  35. celz says:

    cguro totoo ang sinasabi kc bakit ganyan kakapal ang mukha ng mga customs offical na yan kung wala ngang backer tsaka halatang halata alam ko matino yang mga nag resign na official na yan..kaya cla nag quit kc napaka hirap tibagin ng problema kung sa isang agency halos lahat ng kasamahan mo ay ang syang nagdadala ng problema…pres.Pnoy sir magandang araw sa inyo unahin mo na yan sila belmonte at achoa…..

  36. Lourdes Santos says:

    Re the comments of Speaker Belmonte there is no need for evidence that he is a power broker in Customs since he is a brother of MICP District Collector Belmonte. It would be prudent on the part of District Collector Belmonte to resign to avoid undue influence.
    One of the Major reason why there are power brokers in customs such as politicians is because these high customs officials with juicy position serve as financier on political campaign purpose & protector of business interest as far as importation & exportation are concerned.

    Tuazon, Gatchalian & Belmonte are among those being investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the controversial 2,000 containers loaded with highly taxable goods worth P2 billion that disappeared on the way from the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port to the Port of Batangas. But due to undue influence they are still in position.

    Our insider from IAG Customs Mr. Pernia 09162398055 who wish his name not to be divulged mentioned
    Customs Intelligence and Investigation Division chief Director Fernandino Tuazon (Backer is ES Ochoa)
    Deputy Commissioner Horacio Suansing- Sen Miriam Santiago
    Deputy Commissioner Prudencio Reyes- Pres. Erap Estrada
    Port of Manila Collector Rogel Gatchalian- Juan Ponce Enrile & Cong Rey Umali
    NAIA District Collector Ding So – Ochoa & INC
    X-Ray Division chief Collector Mimi Talusan- Chavit Singson & Rico Puno
    Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) chief Richard Rebong- Ochoa & INC
    Customs Deputy Commissioner Peter Manzano- ES Ochoa
    Customs Deputy Commissioner Manarang- SGV- Purisima & Alvarez
    Customs Asst. Comm. Alcovendas- Senator Jinggoy

    ONCE again, the Filipino people must involve themselves in what we hope and prayed to be spared from, But duty to one’s country in a critical time cannot be shirked. Without this sacrifice, our country faces only a future of danger to its economic downturn and progress. That sacrifice must be made by the BOC presidential appointees as soon as possible. Our call for irrevocable resignation of BOC presidential appointees (Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Directors, Collector 6) joins the call of the Filipino people, have no other interest in making it other than the highest one of saving our country from shame.
    We ask again the BOC presidential appointees (Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Directors, Collector 6) in all humility and with full awareness of its difficulty and pain, to make this supreme sacrifice to spare the country from shame from international community & fiscal crisis.
    The sacred oath that they took to uphold that Constitution by every means in our power, and which compels me to speak out today, now urges all BOC presidential appointees to relinquish their positions.

  37. raggster says:

    Dear Manila Times: Why are your reporters so averse to getting comments from the people negatively referred to or implicated in your reports? This is becoming a habit. And no, the quote from Belmonte doesn’t count, as he is clearly responding to an entire different question/accusation.

  38. Voice from the Wilderness says:

    So now Speaker Belmonte is insinuating that it will require two terms for this inept president to totally reform BOC, what does he mean by this? Is their a secret agenda to push for the amendment of the constitution to amend not only the economic provision as the main advocacy of the Speaker but also the political provision that will lift term limits of all elected officials to enable this present inept president to run for reelection?

  39. kotchero says:

    Ha, ha, ha, funniest of the funnies. Ihanda na ang St Luke Medical Center at Phil Veterans Medical Centers. Maka-imbodo na naman ang mga hospital na ‘yan. Dahil ang ‘karma’ ay narito na. Ang bagong kabanata ng nakawan sa ating mga ‘hoodlums in robes’, hek.. hubog na hubog ang taong bayan sa teleserye na ‘to sa halip na maganda ang performance, dahil mga ‘ttorneys’ sila at knowledgeable sa batas na may- butas. Hak, hak, hak. Ang wheel chairs ihanda na -URGENT! Mga bagitong sin-a-tong at tong-raise-men, hala, banat sa mga bill at yariin na ang mga salottt.

  40. Saturnino R. Mendinueto, Jr. says:

    This is the results of Dynasty and Greediness to the Max. The same Greediness is clearly shown by our businessmen when Maynilad and Manila Water passed on to the consumers thier income tax, costs of non-performed projects, personal family travel expenses and even flowers sent to the dead and maybe to their ” girls”, When will these GREEDINESS of politicians, BUSINESSMEN and OLIGARHS ends?

  41. juanito says:

    Mr. Executive Secretary, and Mr. Speaker of the House, If it is true that you two are known padrinos of some of these suspects of corruption at the BOC, please stop or get out of the government. Did you know that it would be almost impossible to implement changes in this Department, to prevent corruption with you two interfering? Please, remember our poor brothers and sisters that are starving because of chronic corruption. Help the President create a legacy of clean and honest government for once. Thank you.

  42. rose says:

    Bakit si Belmonte at Ochoa lang ang pinangalanan samantalang ang dami naman nila? Unfair, unfair, unfair! Kaya nga bumababa na ang imprtation dahikl:

    1. Dumadami lalo ang smuggler’s sa panahon ni PNoy;
    2. Syempre dumadami lalo ang mga padrino ng smugglers, nangunguna na ang mga senador, congressman, at KKK.
    3. At ito pa, mismong KKK o politician ang nagpaparating ng smuggle goods at gagamit lang ng mga nefarious custom brokers. At pagnahuli ay tatawag kaagad sa hepe ng BOC o kung sino mang humuli at sasabihing “pangregalo” lang yan, alam mo na.

    Meron nga akong alam noong mga nakaraang presidente, isang barko ang pinarating at ng mabisto ay sa BOC na lang inayos ang papapeles. Pang “christmas gift” daw,: Naman, naman, isang buong barkong kargamento pang christmas gift lang, susmaryosep kaya ayan lagpak lagi ang collection ng BOC. At love na love ni PNoy ang mga opisyales sa BOC, Galit daw sa BOC pero ewan natin kung anong klaseng galit dahil wala pang tinanggal as of this writing. Galit “ewan”?

  43. juan says:

    Kaawa awang pilipinas imbes n ang mga pulitikong ito na hinalal ng taong bayan ang siyang mag sakripisyo pra mapa unland ang ating bansa ay sila pa ang nangunguna sa katiwalian sa pilipinas at sila pa ang mga protektor.. mga opisyal ng bansa pilipinas belmonte at ochoa na ang totoong pagkatao ay mga sindikato.. at pati na itong si pnoy at ang kanyang mga galamay na may hawak ng matataas na pwesto sa gobiyerno. Ay patuloy na nililinlang ang taong bayan.. maawa naman kyo sa bansang pilipinas kahit manlang konti sana’y magkaroon kayo ng kunsensya sa inyong mga sarili.. kung meron man??

  44. OFW says:

    I give my sentiment to the commissioners of the custom, where they can’t stand already the pressure of politics. They decide to come out clean rather than mold with the accusation of corruption in their bureau. but isn’t right to stand for the right, why do they need to resign why not stay and help to clean BOC after all, they are the best Janitor for this missed, since that they know already where’s the dirt’s are?
    I believe that the Present administration is doing their best in discharging the corrupt system in our government. And I think it’s time for all of us to cooperation. “Flush all the junk”

  45. Filipino'Patriotism says:

    nakita na natin puro pulitiko ang mga padrino ng mga kawatan na ito.kaya lang talaga paliyan lahat ng empleyado sa customs at dapat inbestigahan ito ng mabuti.

  46. jun says:

    five years akong nagtrabaho bilang custom representative ng isang kilalang brokerage sa manila from top to bottom ang lagayan dyan sa loob minsan ikaw na ang naglalagay mamumura ka pa kapag minsan kulang ang lagay mo…grabe talaga ang mga tao dyan pera lang ang sinasanto…kaya pinilit ko na lang makapag-abroad dahil sa di ko masikmura ang kalakaran ng korapsyon dyan sa BOC. sana lang malinis nila ang Bureau ng tuluyan hanggang sa susunod pang administrasyon parang imposible pero sana kayanin.

  47. william todcor says:

    Our system is riddled with corruption and must be cleaned to the core. We do not have only cop protectors of criminal syndicates but law makers who are protectors of corrupt government employees who are stealing money from the government. The same case applies in the justice department.

    • mario says:

      Basta taga custom mayaman kahit mababa ang position kasi pag nanakaw naman ang gawain!

  48. johnny santiago says:

    and finally, the 5m/day is out in the sun.

  49. renato gubat says:

    kung totoo man o hindi ang ibinibintang sa mga sinasabing mga backer ng mga smugler sa customs mas maganda na alisin sila sa pwesto para makita ng publiko na seryoso siya sa kampanya nya laban sa korapsyon…

    • vicente jr lim torrento says:

      If this is real and proven true, somebody from the black horse must have the nerve to put bullets on these peoples’ heads to eliminate and eradicate graft & corruption in the bureau, the fruits and benefits thereof, will trickle down to the poor!

    • vicente jr lim torrento says:

      very true, it is sarcastic to think that graft & corruption and poverty are always blamed to the govt., but we the electorate people don’t see and blame ourselves for being responsible and instrumental of putting these inept politicians to govern the govt., we are the product of sarcasm & irony of being the laughing stock people of the world…

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