Rampant smuggling of exotic luxury cars was rampant at the “drive-through” of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in recent weeks.
A prominent member of an influential religious organization is behind the smuggling of “hot” cars, like this Bianco Avus Ferrari F430 Spider, which ended up in the collection of a billionaire realty magnate.
The “holy man,” who doubles as a smuggler, reportedly enjoys strong connections in government that he was able to produce documents to legitimize the vehicles for sale.
But the billionaire realtor later discovered that he bought a “hot car” when he had the Ferrari’s VIN (vehicle identification number) checked. The VIN and chassis number appeared on the Land Transportation Office watch list.
Mr. Realtor sold the car to another exotic car collector and decided not to make a fuss about the religious smuggler, identified as “Buboy Golate.”
This Golate sold quite a number of “hot” cars he had stored at his clandestine “showroom” in Quezon City.
The International Police (Interpol) is said to be closely watching the activities of this Filipino “holy man.”
Rumor has it that most of the expensive cars Golate brings into the country are stolen vehicles from Europe.
Customs officials are well aware of his operation, having been alerted by concerned car dealers. As it was said, Golate is well-connected in BOC and in the Palace.
The administration of Bert Lina, who had vowed to reinvigorate the anti-corruption drive at Aduana, would rather not lift a finger, according to one Customs insider.
This is because the national elections are just 10 months away.
Customs officials beholden to the Liberal Party will not do anything that may offend this smuggling lord and car thief Golate, who caters to members of the influential religious organization.
NIA BOSS WANTS IRRIGATION PROJECTS DONE BY 2016
Although only a few months are left before the Aquino administration steps down, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Florencio Padernal wants all irrigation projects, over a million hectares in all, done by May 2016.
Padernal, who took the helm as NIA head honcho only last year, is trying to accomplish an impossible feat by repairing hundreds of thousands of irrigation canals damaged by recent typhoons and building several dams to irrigate thousands of hectares of rice lands throughout the archipelago in a few months’ time.
The Irrigation chief said he just wants to accomplish the unfinished programs of his predecessors…. irrigate most, if not all farmlands, leading to the country’s rice sufficiency.
“So little time but we have to do our best to at least get closer to our target,” he added.
On Wednesday, President Aquino, with his food security adviser, Secretary Francis Pangilinan, and NIA Administrator Padernal, will turn over several irrigation dams and canals to irrigation associations as part of the government’s commitment to help farmers.
Padernal’s appointment ends when the President leaves Malacanang but irrigator groups hope that his stay at NIA would be extended by the next administration.