Aquino replaces Philippine Customs Bureau head
Reports hinted the new head of the income-generating agency would be former Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozanno Rufino Biazon. The ex-legislator refused to confirm or deny his appointment until the Office of the President makes an official announcement.
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
August 29, 2011 10:22 pm EDT
Politics, Government, Public Officials, Crime, Law And Justice, Corporate Crime
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III announced on Monday the removal from the post of Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez. The president cited dissatisfaction with the performance of Alvarez.
Alvarez was involved in a controversy over 2,000 missing container vans, which cost the government $5.6 million (PHP 240 million) in foregone revenue.
Aquino said he has a replacement ready to take over Alvarez’s post, but declined to name the incoming official.
However, reports hinted the new head of the income-generating agency would be former Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozanno Rufino Biazon. The ex-legislator refused to confirm or deny his appointment until the Office of the President makes an official announcement.
Aquino will likely make the announcement on Saturday after his China state visit.
Alvarez, said he is willing to step down from his post once Aquino orders him. He announced at the same time on Monday the discovery of another anomaly in the Bureau of Customs involving the smuggling in 2010 of over 3,600 shipping containers allegedly used to raise campaign funds for the previous administration.
Alvarez disclosed that only 188 of 3,844 containers given transshipment permits in 2010 from the Ports of Manila to Batangas could be accounted for. The consignees filed entries for only 188 containers for the last two months of 2010 and paid only $87,000 (PHP 3.7 million) in duties and taxes.
He identified the three consignees involved as: Jaycen Enterprises, Sea Eagle Trading and Green Mountain Trading.
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