Category Archives: bureau of customs

Duterte defends Lapena; says he and Faeldon were “nalusutan”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 October) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday defended former Customs Commissioners Isidro Lapena and Nicanor Faeldon against charges of corruption, claiming they are not corrupt but were victims of corrupt insiders. “Hindi sabihin na mga corrupt ‘yan. Hindi corrupt ‘yan. Hindi ko kunin ‘yan kung corrupt. Sigurado ako. Nalusutan lang […]

Lapena moved to TESDA; Guerrero now Customs chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Oct) — Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is out, MARINA chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero is in. Amid confirmation that 1,600 kilos of shabu worth 11 billion pesos concealed in four magnetic lifters slipped through the Bureau of Customs in July and have been flooding the markets nationwide, President Rodrigo Duterte on […]

Ombudsman clears Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio on P6.4B shabu smuggling case

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 May) — The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday announced it has completed its investigation on the complaint involving the P6.4 billion shabu smuggling case, recommended the filing of criminal charges against then Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and three of his men but dismissed the complaints against the Presidential son […]

ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 09 March) — March 31 this year should be a red-letter day for OFWs. That’s the day when the Philippine customs ends its suspension of the revised rules on the sending of our balikbayan boxes. The new set of rules — Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 — took effect last August […]

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DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Bureau of Customs. 06 Feb 2018

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF  PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE  DURING THE CONDEMNATION OF SMUGGLED LUXURY VEHICLES AND THE 116TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS  [Delivered at OCOM Grounds, […]

The Mayor as President (5): The Davao Factor; the Davao Group

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 January) — While President Rodrigo Duterte was busy commanding his troops in fighting the Maute Group in Marawi City last year, he was also kept busy fighting yet another battlefront: his war against illegal drugs and corruption was hounded not only by allegations of extrajudicial killings but also by allegations […]

President’ son and son-in-law to attend Senate hearing on Thursday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Sept) – Presidential son Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte” and lawyer Manases Carpio, husband of City Mayor Sara Duterte, said they “commit to respect the invitation and attend the hearing” of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday after being implicated in the alleged corrupt practices at the Bureau of […]

Duterte’s dare not new; in 2001 he vowed to shoot his son if anyone can give him proof

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to anyone to prove his son Paolo’s alleged involvement in corruption or illegal drugs is not new: sixteen years ago, while serving as mayor of Davao City, he dared anyone to “produce a credible and true witness” that his son was involved in illegal […]

Smuggled Items

Bureau of Customs officials in Northern Mindanao open five containers with two Mercedes Benzes and Porsche cars, used clothing and meat, all worth P11 million at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental Wednesday (27 July 2016). The renewed campaign against smuggling came after new Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon threatened to shoot […]

Benzes, Porsche among smuggled items seized by Customs in MisOr

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 July) – Bureau of Customs officials on Wednesday seized five container vans with highly taxable goods that include two Mercedes Benzes and the legendary Porsche 911 car, used clothing and meat, all valued at P11 million. The container vans were opened by Customs officials and the media at the Mindanao International […]