Is former Armed Forces chief of staff now Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jessie Dellosa paranoid or simply a braggart?
Dellosa is the object of complaints filed by a dozen brokers and importers because he ordered hundreds of containers held at the South Harbor and the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
Through several Alert Orders (AO) issued by the Office of the Commissioner, Dellosa and his men reportedly stopped the release of shipments and ordered them opened for inspection on suspicion that they contain contraband goods.
Don’t get me wrong folks. I am not against strict measures at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to curb smuggling.
But what the importers and brokers are complaining is the slow pace of. They say that it takes around five to 10 days before one container is opened and inspected by Dellosa’s men.
But while it is being held at the BOC yard, the brokers and importers are forced to shell out around P5,000 to P10,000 a day for storage fee for each container.
A BOC official, who asked not to be identified, said that Dellosa’s mandate is to go only after smuggled goods, guns, drugs, and misdeclared shipment.
But so far, after hundreds of containers have been placed on alert, none turned out positive for smuggled goods or contrabands. What Dellosa found were a few shipments that were undervalued by a few thousand pesos.
The same source said that Dellosa is interfering in the operations of the bureau’s Assessment Department by going after undervalued shipment.
Rumors have it that Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon cannot control Dellosa since he is the President’s man.
Does this mean that Dellosa does not need to listen or follow orders anymore from Biazon?
Looks like trouble is brewing at the pier.
Squabbling and finger pointing at the Palace
What’s this I heard from the grapevine that there is an ongoing squabbling and finger pointing among PNoy’s men in the Palace over who’s to blame on the sudden drop of the President’s popularity ratings.
Rumor has it that days before the survey on the President’s popularity came out, Malacañang already knew of the result.
The story goes that due to the drop in PNoy’s rating, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda was promptly removed from his post and was replaced by Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Communications Group.
The problem did not end there, according to the same story, as Pnoy allegedly wanted to know what went wrong and who is to blame.
My “usisero” in Malacañang said that the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) blames Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad because of the questionable release of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
The source said DBM however is blaming the OPS for not containing the issue right away.
My advice to the President? Fire all of them!