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Palace rules on personnel’s activities

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has ordered the three-month suspension of an elite group at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for alleged abuse of authority and extortion activities.

In a two-page formal charge, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa placed under preventive suspension for 90 days a Customs deputy commissioner and seven of his men in the Run After The Smugglers (RATS) group based on the complaint of a top stainless steel importer.

The suspension was imposed “considering the seriousness of the charges, the existence of prima facie case against the respondents that they are probably guilty thereof, which warrants their removal from the service,’’ the charge said.

It was signed by Ochoa on Sept. 29.

Suspended were Deputy Commissioner Gregorio Chavez and members of the RATS group: Lawyer Christopher Dy Buco, Edgar Quinones, Francisco Fernandez Jr., Alfredo Adao, Jose Elmer Velarde, Thomas Patric Relucio and Jim Erick Acosta.

They were given 10 days to rebut the allegations raised by Sanyo Seiki Stainless Steel Corp. for “grave misconduct, grave abuse of authority, oppression and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.’’

The charges against Chavez and his men stemmed from their recent separate operations on the rented warehouses of Sanyo Seiki in Meycauayan, Bulacan and Caloocan City.

The operations were allegedly conducted with defective mission orders.

They were accused of “harassing Sanyo Seiki by posting BoC personnel outside the warehouses and impounding the truck and goods owned by Sanyo Seiki last July 9 without any warrant of seizure and detention,” Sanyo Seiki welcomed the Palace decision.

“We laud this swift justice given by President Pnoy’s administration to businesses, particularly Sanyo Seiki Stainless Steel Corporation, which are usually victimized by some crooked and corrupt men in government. Our President’s Matuwid na Daan thrust in governance has definitely proved its sincerity and truthfulness,” the firm said. (Raymund F. Antonio)

News from Manila Bulletin. 

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