Finance Usec replaces Biazon as Customs chief

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has named Finance Undersecretary John “Sunny” Sevilla as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Customs, a Malacañang official confirmed on Wednesday.
Sevilla will take over from Ruffy Biazon who resigned after the Department of Justice implicated him in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.
Biazon, a member of the ruling Liberal Party and former Muntinlupa congressman, is accused of pocketing P1.95 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) during his 2007-2010 term. Biazon maintains he “did not receive any money from the whistleblowers.”
Sevilla has been Finance Undersecretary for the Corporate Affairs Group and Privatization since 2010. He served as Undersecretary for Privatization from 2006 to 2007.
Before working at Finance, Sevilla was an executive director at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, and had covered the Philippines as an associate director and sovereign rater for the credit rating agency Standard and Poors’.
He was Chief Operating Officer of Synergeia foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in the Philippines.
In a statement, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima vouched for Sevilla as “capable of continuing the President’s reform agenda for Customs,” citing his “financial expertise and track record of public service.”
“While it is a monumental challenge to fill the shoes left behind by Ruffy Biazon at Customs, we are in full support of the President’s decision to tap Undersecretary Sevilla for the job,” Purisima said.
“Leadership of the Bureau of Customs requires someone who is results-oriented and an expert on economics, international relations, and project implementation. These traits describe Sunny Sevilla perfectly,” he said.

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CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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  1. sana pag-naupo na si Sevilla, bigyan niya ng pansin at bisitahin ang mga bodega ng Customs lalo na ung malapit sa NAIA, na kung saan dinadala ang mga bagahe na unclaimed, nawawala, o stranded mula sa mga turista at balikbayan na Pinoy. Sa mga bodega na yan marami ang ilang panahon na hindi kinukuha o ayaw ng kunin o i-claim ng mga pasahero dahil ..hindi nila alam kung saan ito -iclaim, o wala ng panahon o kaya ay sa dami ng requirement o hinihingi…tulad ng bayad sa clearance o tong, samantala wala naman dapat bayaran. At ang karamihan na bagahe na naroroon ay mga butas na kundi man wala na ang mga laman… minsan kahon o bag na lamang, at yong iba puro alikabok na. Sana i-ayos ni Mr. Sevilla rin ito at magkaroon ng transparency at sistema sa pag-claim ng bagahe doon sa mga bodega ng Customs.