EIGHT retired generals turned acting customs port collectors may be moved to new posts once a major reshuffle is implemented at the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina admitted over the weekend that he has submitted to the finance department a list of officials and personnel that he wanted transfer to other positions.
Lina did not name names but stressed that the finance secretary still needs to approve his recommendation.
Under the law, the commissioner of Customs has the power to reshuffle officials and rank-and-file employees.
In the case of port collectors, Lina can only reshuffle or transfer them to other positions upon the approval of the secretary of Finance.
The Times also learned from a highly reliable source that Customs Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno submitted a similar recommendation to the DoF.
“It is not only Commissioner Lina, Deputy Commissioner Nepomuceno also recommended the transfer of retired generals appointed as port collectors,” the source told The Times in a phone interview.
In July, Lina came out with Customs Personnel Order 13-126-2015 that saw movements in 20 key positions in various customs ports all over the country, which include deputy collectors and sub-port collectors.
There are currently eight retired generals assigned as district collectors. They are Bonifacio de Castro in San Fernando; Elmir de la Cruz at the Manila International Container Port (MICP); Mario Mendoza at the Port of Manila (POM); Arnulfo Marcos in Cebu; Ricardo Butalid in Davao region; Esteban Castro in Clark; Ernesto Benitez in Batangas, and Jerry Loresco in Zamboanga.