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Guevarra orders 'thorough' NBI probe into Customs corruption

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directs the National Bureau of Investigation to 'conduct a thorough investigation and case build-up on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in the Bureau of Customs'

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

After Duterte's SONA rant, Ombudsman probes Customs corruption

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

CUSTOMS PROBE. The Office of the Ombudsman launches an investigation into alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Rappler

‘All of them will go out’: Duterte renews vow to rid Customs of corruption

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I do not want them back,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address

TO THE DOOR. President Rodrigo Duterte airs his frustration about cleaning the Bureau of Customs. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to Customs personnel: Resign or face administrative charges

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Customs officials and employees accused of corruption a week after he announced that they would be relieved

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses officials of the Bureau of Customs in a meeting in Malacanang on July 18, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte orders freezing of ‘several’ Customs officials, employees

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the names of those facing administrative and criminal charges will be disclosed 'at the appropriate time

CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on July 1, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Official linked to customs corruption appointed to BOC

Apr 04, 2018 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Vincent Maronilla as assistant commissioner at the Bureau of Customs despite allegations he accepted grease money from importers

Small Abellera mulls ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City councilor, among those tagged in alleged customs corruption, reports back to work a week after he was stripped of chairmanship and membership in city council committees

SENATE APPEARANCE. Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, in this file photo from August 31, 2017, appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that got past the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio have millions in accounts – Trillanes

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:36 PM

UPDATED Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he plans to file a case against the presidential son over his alleged ill gotten wealth

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Small Abellera admits meeting Taguba in Davao City

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Davao City Councilor Nilo Small Abellera Jr a friend of presidential son Paolo Duterte denies receiving P5 million from customs broker and fixer Mark Taguba but the latter stands by his claim

Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera during the blue ribbon committee hearing on P 6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China on the Bureau of Customs in Senate. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Here's what else was in Taguba's text messages on Customs

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s son Paolo and son in law Mans Carpio are mentioned in text messages of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to Tita Nanie

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Aug 28, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Drilon calls for 'full-blown' probe into corruption at Customs

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the Department of Justice to protect outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon should he decide to cooperate in the probe

Senate Hearing on BOC shabu shipment. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Faeldon: 'My relief from my post is best for the country'

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon urges everyone to support his successor Isidro Lapeña

CORRUPT? Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon denies ever receiving money in the BOC. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Customs broker pinpoints alleged corrupt officials at House hearing

Aug 07, 2017 - 2:47 PM

UPDATED As requested by a congressman a visibly nervous customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba walks around the room and identifies at least 5 BOC officials present

WITNESS. Mark Taguba, the Customs brother who is spilling the beans on alleged corruption in the bureau, testifies during an earlier Senate hearing. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Customs bureau submits ‘strong case’ vs ‘corrupt’ employee to DOJ

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Customs Police Captain Arnel Baylosis is accused of accepting bribe money worth P100 million to P220 million monthly since 2012

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Feb 05, 2014 - 8:19 PM

The PH will not apologize to Hong Kong The Senate Congress and Customs rate poorly in fighting corruption Bill Gates is no longer Microsoft chair

Aquino accepts Danny Lim's resignation from Customs

Aug 08, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon and Deputy Commissioner Juan Lorenzo Tañada however who also offered to resign will remain in the bureau

Customs, corruption: A hopeless case?

Jul 26, 2013 - 9:30 AM

I hope you would not take it against me if sometime in the near future I would hang up the gloves Is Ruffy Biazon on the way out?

DRASTIC STEP. Embattled Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon proposes the abolition of the agency to retire corrupt employees. Photo by Arcel Cometa/

Aquino undecided on Lim's resignation

Jul 24, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Malacañang says it has not yet received the resignation letter of another Customs official Deputy Commissioner for Internal Administration Group Juan Lorenzo Tañada