In the past some politicians raised campaign funds from drug trafficking, but now they turn to smuggling.
A great example is this former vice mayor in Mindoro, who is a known smuggler of sugar and has the guts to run for a congressional seat in next year’s elections.
A Bureau of Customs (BOC) insider, who asked not to be named, said this crooked politician owned all the smuggled sugar confiscated by the bureau recently.
This corrupt politico goes by the monicker “Joel Tenis.”
He is the broker of almost all sugar imported into the country but does not have a permit from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
My source also confirmed that Joel Tenis owns the tons of sugar confiscated by the BOC that former Land Transportation Office chief Virgie Torres demanded to be released by the bureau and shipped to Hacienda Luisita.
Joel Tenis rakes in millions of pesos from importing sugar but never paid the correct taxes and dues because he always misdeclares his cargoes not without help from his cohorts at the Customs bureau.
Another smuggler politician, called “Diamond,” has accumulated wealth at the piers and is now running for reelection to a local post in Davao peninsula.
This nincompoop also imports sugar through the Cagayan de Oro port.
Like Joel Tenis, this Diamond does not have a permit from SRA either.
I really do not know how acting Justice Secretary Alfredo Caguioa would be able to stop these smugglers at the piers when they are actually political allies or cronies of the Aquino administration?
That is also why Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina has turned a blind eye to these illegal activities.
Another milking cow of reigning politicians is the firm LK Trading, owned by an “Alex” and “Bobby” who grossly misdeclare their Korean beverages and food imports, thereby evading payment of correct taxes and dues in billions of pesos.
Caguioa must have a long list of individuals and firms involved in smuggling but, for obvious reason, has failed to act out his promise to go after them.
This is alarming because some of the misdeclared imports allegedly contain firearms and dangerous drugs.
Caguioa touted as his “first task” a crackdown on smuggling, particularly those involved in pending cases before the Department of Justice.
He must have discovered it easier said than done.
The Department of Justice is sitting on pending smuggling cases now that firebrand Leila de Lima has hit the 2016 campaign trail.
Puro ka daldal Caguioa, wala naman sa gawa. Pwe!!!
Paging NBI, CIDG and BI
It is time the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), as well as the Bureau of Immigration (BI) crack down on rampant illegal operations of online casinos in Makati City.
Makati acting Mayor Kid Peña and the Makati City Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) are apparently helpless and inutile in putting a stop to this form of illegal gambling business.
These establishments do not pay taxes, worth billions of pesos, to the local government nor to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Here is a partial list of illegal online casinos that do not have permits from the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA): Betsson Group at the 14th floor of the Zuellig Bldg. at Paseo de Roxas Avenue; CG World Services, 9th floor, RCBC Towers, Gil Puyat (Buendia); Crowntech, 20th floor, RCBC Towers; Novemix Corp., RCBC Towers; Gee Pacific Technology, 32nd floor, Robinson Summit Bldg., Ayala Avenue; Opus Gaming Ltd, 51st floor, PBCOM Bldg, Ayala Avenue; Double Joy Limited, Gil Puyat Avenue; and Goldrich Global Games at Burgundy Tower, Gil Puyat Avenue.
Immigration authorities must stop the influx of hundreds of illegal aliens, mostly Chinese, being shipped into the country by human traffickers to work in these “call centers” which are actually online gambling centers.
These undocumented aliens, mostly Chinese and Taiwanese, take calls from clientele in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
Why do Makati local government officials turn a blind eye to these clandestine casino operations?
“Magkano ba?” Yan ang tanong!!!