BOC files last 2 smuggling complaints under Biazon's term
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday filed two smuggling complaints with the Department of Justice, bringing to 112 the number of smuggling cases it had filed under outgoing Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon's term.
The BOC filed two complaints on Thursday against a Davao-based trader for alleged illegal importations of used clothing and vehicles totaling over P25 million.
Named as respondent in two separate complaints is Soraida Limpao, owner of We Pick Me Marketing, with business address at Damosa Complex, Barangay Angliongto, Davao City.
The complaint alleged that Limpao attempted to smuggle 27 units of used Honda Fit and Toyota BB motor vehicles with an estimated value of P18 million on October 26, and one container van filled with used clothing with an estimated worth of P7.5 million on October 23, through the Dadiangas Subport.
Biazon did not attend the news conference on the filing of the cases, but issued a statement.
"Even as we are in transition of leadership and change of personnel at the Bureau of Customs, we must ensure the continuity of services and the fulfillment of our mandate to ensure a level playing field for our local industries," he said.
"The entry of smuggled goods into the local market only hurts local businesses and industries and could cause loss of jobs as well as reduced productivity and profitability which will be detrimental to our economy," he added.
Biazon announced his resignation on Monday, days after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) slapped him with malversation and graft charges before the Ombudsman for allegedly funneling P2.7 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as Muntinlupa congressman in 2007, to a non-government organization put up by alleged "pork barrel" scam architect Janet Lim Napoles.
The NBI alleged that out of the amount, Biazon pocketed P1.95 million in kickbacks.
The BOC has filed a total of 157 smuggling cases during the term of Pres. Benigno Aquino III.