Alberto Lina - updates

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Who wants to take on metro traffic? Alberto Lina says he's up to it

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Outgoing Customs chief Alberto Lina says he s willing to be appointed traffic czar and untangle Metro Manila s traffic mess

TRAFFIC CZAR? Customs chief Alberto Lina says he's willing to tackle Metro Manila's traffic problem. Photo from

What awaits incoming Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon?

Jun 18, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The Bureau of Customs registers a deficit in revenues amounting to P43 25 billion in the past 5 months

CHALLENGES. In this file photo, Bureau of Customs (BOC) spokesperson Charo Logarta Lagamon (L) examines counterfeit electronic gadgets seized in raid in Chinatown Binondo district, Manila, Philippines, 17 December 2014. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino signs law increasing tax-exempt value of balikbayan boxes

May 31, 2016 - 7:04 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III signs the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act which is expected to reduce corruption in the Bureau of Customs as well as technical smuggling in the country

GOOD FOR OFWS. With the new law, OFWs will now pay less whenever they send balikbayan boxees to their loved ones in the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Customs turns over 320,000 pairs of license plates to LTO

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:41 PM

The turnover is part of a deferred payment agreement between the two government agencies It allows LTO to begin documenting the plates and distributing them to new car owners

Bureau of Customs Public Information and Assistance Division

Customs: Lifestyle check ordered on anti-CCTV workers’ leader

Apr 13, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Rommel Francisco of the Bureau of Customs Employees Association has said customs workers wouldn t accept bribes if they got salary raises and full benefits

CLEANING UP. Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina is 'alarmed' by a statement of the Port of Manila workers' leader indicating they accept bribes in addition to their salaries.

Customs eyes turnover of 'abandoned' license plates to LTO

Apr 07, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Some 600 000 license plates may be handed over to the LTO – duties and taxes waived – if the BOC gets approval from the DOF

Bureau of Customs Public Information and Assistance Division

7 banks extend operating hours to help decongest ports

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:30 PM

These banks are Deutsche Bank Security Bank Asia United Bank Metrobank RCBC BDO and EastWest

EXTENDED HOURS. The Bureau of Customs says it is already seeing faster movement within ports in terms of released shipments over the weekends

LTO: License plates could be out in March if issues settled

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The Commission on Audit will have to lift its stop payment order and taxes on the license plates will have to be paid for

Delayed license plates abandoned at Manila port – customs

Feb 29, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina says the license plates are in 11 container vans and have incurred duties and taxes of about P40 million

NEW PLATES. The LTO has come under fire for the lack of license plates and a policy that penalizes motorists with unregistered vehicles. Photo from DOTC Twitter

Customs sues alleged smugglers of smartphones, used cars

Jan 28, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The agency hopes that charges will deter smugglers ahead of a measure that seeks harsher punishments for them

DOF reform unit: Inefficient or victim of politics?

Jan 26, 2016 - 10:43 PM

The House Committee on Ways and Means holds an inquiry on the removal of 7 former generals tasked to improve revenue collections

SMEARED INTEGRITY. For decades, the Bureau of Customs has been regarded as one of the most corrupt government agencies in the Philippines.

House approves Customs reform act on 3rd reading

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:44 PM

The bill seeks full automation of BOC transactions and an increase in the minimum cost of taxable imported goods from P10 to P5 000

ASEAN INTEGRATION. Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina hopes to have the CMTA enacted by yearend in time for the ASEAN economic integration.

Customs releases revised rules, regulations on balikbayan boxes

Sep 02, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The order shall take effective immediately and states that in case a balikbayan box is placed under alert it will be subjected to 100 physical examination

The failure of the #balikbayanbox warning

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:30 PM

This recent BOC debacle reveals the shallow understanding of and appreciation for the country’s modern day heroes

Protestors call for Customs chief Lina's resignation

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:55 PM

“I serve at the pleasure of the President Lina says replying to resignation calls

Customs' Bert Lina: Be honest, declare what's in your #BalikbayanBox

Aug 24, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Bert Lina also says there s a need to redefine balikbayan box

Duterte on Customs' balikbayan box plan: Insensitive, callous

Aug 24, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Those balikbayan boxes are sacred Nobody should be allowed to make a mockery of this sentimental bond between a foreign worker and his family back home says the Davao City mayor

DUTERTE'S OPINION. This is a file photo of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in General Santos City during the 9th National Palm Oil Congress. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Customs to implement 'no noon break policy' leading to Christmas

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Regular working hours in all ports starting September will be from 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday without noon break said Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina

Customs preparing new fuel-marking scheme to fight smuggling

Jul 26, 2015 - 9:03 PM

The scheme is estimated to net an additional P13 6 billion in government revenue from curbing smuggling particularly in Bataan ports

Customs looking for alternative landfill for Canada trash

Jul 26, 2015 - 1:57 PM

The Bureau of Customs is forced to look for other landfills after Tarlac stopped the dumping of container vans in the province

'TOXIC' BURDEN. This is a file photo of the contents of one of the container vans illegally shipped from Canada. Photo from

Customs collections fall in April

Jun 18, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Lower global oil prices hit the agency’s revenue performance falling 24 1 of its target collection for the period

Task Force Pantalan to run after smugglers

Jun 06, 2015 - 6:12 PM

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina has deputized the special task force to pursue illegal shipments including those that have left Manila ports

Customs’ Lina: Cancel P650-M e-procurement project

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:24 PM

There may be other Customs data systems that are more efficient cost effective and advantageous to the government Commissioner Alberto Lina says

Customs chief Lina warns vs truck driver shortages

May 25, 2015 - 12:36 AM

The Customs chief says that more truck drivers are needed to speed up turnaround at ports He also asks the LTO and LTFRB for help

Mary Jane Veloso, Mount Bulusan erupts, Pacquiao’s game plan | The wRap

May 01, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The Velosos say the people helped them not the government Mount Bulusan erupts Pacquiao does not intend to knock Mayweather out

Reform or power play? Lina reorganizes Customs

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:40 PM

One of those affected by the reorganization is a lawyer whose division is investigating a company owned by newly appointed Commissioner Alberto Lina

REORGANIZATION. Newly appointed Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina (right) says moving personnel or accepting their resignation is part of his reform agenda. File photo from the DOF

Appeal for Mary Jane, Lacson eyes presidency, Oscar dela Hoya | The wRap

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:14 PM

The Philippines files a ‘stronger’ appeal for Mary Jane Former Senator Ping Lacson considers running for president Oscar dela Hoya blasts referee in superfight

New Customs chief: 'I will double down on reforms'

Apr 24, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina vows to continue the reforms started by ex chief John Sevilla and vows to move faster than usual with only a little over a year to serve in the position

NEW BOC CHIEF. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (Left) administers the oath on new Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina on April 24, 2015. Photo from the DOF

FAST FACTS: Changing leaders at the Bureau of Customs

Apr 24, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Only Fidel V Ramos keeps one Customs commissioner throughout his term – Guillermo Parayno Jr

Businessman Alberto Lina returns as Customs chief

Apr 23, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Air21 s Alberto Lina returns to the position he left in 2005 following poll fraud allegations against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

NEW CUSTOMS CHIEF. Alberto Lina returns to the Bureau of Customs. Photo from

Where are the 'Hyatt 10' now?

Jul 08, 2014 - 6:10 PM

It s been 10 years Six of the 10 government officials comprising the Hyatt 10 eventually became part of the Aquino administration