Dep. Commissioner Nepomuceno corrects Oct. 5 news about Customs

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THIS is in reference with the news article entitled ‘Lina seeks transfer of 8 retired generals” published on October 5, 2015 by The Manila Times.

Written on said article [is]that “Customs Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno submitted a similar recommendation to the DoF (Department of Finance).” Further added is that “It is not only Commissioner Lina, Deputy Commissioner Nepomuceno also recommended the transfer of retired generals appointed as port collectors.”

I would like to take this opportunity to disprove the assertions made against me and express my statements regarding this issue.

First and foremost, I have not issued any statement in relation with the list of officials and personnel recommended for reshuffle as submitted by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to DoF [Department of Finance]. Also, I, or [anyone]from my office or any representative [of mine], have not submitted a similar recommendation to the DoF.

As the Deputy Commissioner of the Enforcement Group of BOC, I am mandated to enforce the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, other special laws, rules and regulations. For that, it is my duty to effectively carry out the law and timely apprehend the violators. My office responsibilities do not include overseeing the performance of Port personnel, more so [much less]Port Collectors.

Furthermore, I have not presented myself to be in a position to evaluate the office of Port Collectors nationwide. The responsibility to evaluate their function rests solely with another office.

In view of the foregoing, I am confident that the Manila Times, one of the most respected newspapers in the country, will grant this request [of publishing this letter and thereby correcting the wrong assertions against me]..

Thank you!

Very truly yours,
(Signed in letter sent on BoC letterhead
dated October 7)

ARIEL F. NEPOMUCENO
Deputy Commissioner
Bureau of Customs

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