NBI files graft, corrupt practices vs BAI veterinarian

MANILA, Philippines –The National Bureau of Investigation on Friday said Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act has been filed against Dr. Angel G. Singzon Jr., Veterinary II of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Veterinary Quarantine Services Division.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Jaime U. Lim, owner of Congo Charlie Exotic Reptile Jungle in Barangay Bagbaguin, Pandi, Bulacan before the NBI regarding his two shipments from various countries that arrived in the Philippines.

As a requirement, these shipments need “Veterinary Quarantine Clearance to Import” to be issued by BAI. Samuel Lin, brother of the complainant went at the office of Dr. Singzon, to follow up the clearance, but Dr. Singzon who is in charge in the inspection and/or evaluation of the shipment before the said clearance be issued, deliberately failed or refused to act on the application for the issuance of the clearance.

The subject allegedly asked the complainant for Php 10,000 and fighting cocks in order for him to act on the clearance.

Acting promptly on the complaint, NBI operatives planned an entrapment operation. Dr. Singzon went at the farm of the complainant to conduct an inspection and to get the money he demanded from the complainant. Accordingly, while in the act of receiving the marked money, he was placed under arrest and brought to the NBI Manila. Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA-northboundasia.com