MANILA — Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Monday named a BOC official allegedly receiving monthly bribe money from smugglers amounting to millions of pesos since 2012.
In a press briefing held Monday in Malacañang, Faeldon named the official as Customs Police Captain Arnel Baylosis and said that they have a strong case against the erring personnel.
“His case folder had already been forwarded to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for investigation,” he said.
He said that among the evidence they had against Baylosis included affidavits of smugglers who had direct dealings with the BOC official.
“Four individuals who have direct transactions with him testified through affidavit that previously, since 2012, they have been giving bribe money — called ‘tara ‘ in the Customs — amounting to at least 100, 220 million pesos monthly,” Faeldon said.
He said the affidavits were given to him in the first week of July, immediately when he assumed office, but decided not to break the news until now so that a proper investigations could be conducted.
The BOC chief said Baylosis’ name cropped up as a result of a follow-up investigation conducted after the apprehension of at least 88 containers of red onions.
“There was a follow-up on the smuggler; and because of the smuggler, he was able to reveal to me the people who have been facilitating the smuggling of commodities in the country. He named two people, the other one is a subordinate,” he said.
Faeldon said that he immediately talked with Baylosis upon receiving the information but the official denied the allegations.
“That is why I turned over the case folder to the DOJ so that they will be the one to conduct investigation and come up with whatever courses of action it is necessary to be done,” Faeldon said.
At present, Baylosis is still reporting for work at the BOC pending the recommendations of the DOJ. Cielito Reganit/PNA/northboundasia.com