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PHL to probe Yee’s MILF links

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is conducting an investigation into the supposed plan to smuggle firearms into the United States from the Philippines, an official said. Customs’ public information chief Charo Logarta-Lagamon said the BOC has been conducting an...
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High-ranking BIR official dismissed for unexplained wealth

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (DOF-RIPS), the anti-corruption arm of the Department of Finance (DOF), has furthered its anti-corruption drive after it successfully secured the dismissal of a high-ranking official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue...
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Japanese tourist held for bringing in excessive cash at NAIA Terminal 1

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Agents of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) based at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 placed under arrest late Tuesday night an arriving Japanese tourist for bringing in more than the allowed amount of cash to the country. Vernie...
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Customs to probe own staff within over illegal rice imports

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is on a nationwide probe to determine how some 200,000 metric tons of rice entered various ports in the country in 2013 without the required import permit from the National Food Authority (NFA). During a press conference at...
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BOC files P 34-M smuggling raps vs. 6 rice traders, customs broker

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Bureau of Customs filed on Thursday before the Department of Justice a P34-million smuggling case against six officials of a rice cooperative and its customs broker. Charged were San Carlos Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SACAMUCO) chairperson Marivic Canillo,...
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Customs chief Sevilla favors COA to ‘transparency officer’ in checking bureau funds

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Newly sworn-in Customs chief John Philip Sevilla prefers to have the Commission on Audit or a private auditor to examine how the bureau spends its money instead of having a transparency officer from within the agency. In a Senate hearing on measures to...
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DOJ proposes relocation of BOC staff every 3 years to curb corruption

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice has recommended to Congress the relocation of officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs – from the deputy commissioners down to the lowest-ranked employees – every three years continuously until after retirement from the...
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‘Smuggling bigger than Napoles scam’

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Philippines needs to crack down on the problem of smuggling, which is reportedly costing the government P133 billion in lost revenue every year bigger than the P10 billion pork barrel scam linked to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. Sen. Bam Aquino,...
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Sevilla officially appointed as Customs commissioner

MANILA (Mabuhay)– Finance undersecretary John Philip Sevilla has been officially appointed as the new commissioner of the Bureau of Customs. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the formal appointment of Sevilla as Customs chief was made on December 9. On December 11,...
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Biazon, 33 others charged in pork scam

MANILA(Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice is filing malversation, graft and bribery charges against 34 individuals including former Muntinlupa congressman and now Customs chief Rozzano Rufino Biazon, and seven former congressmen, for their alleged links to the P10 billion pork...
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