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Customs brokers press Ombudsman on case vs DOF, BIR, ex-BOC chiefs

Dec 03, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Customs brokers say the Ombudsman erred in dismissing a case against Cesar Purisima Kim Henares and John Sevilla

PURSUE CASE. Customs brokers accuse Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (left), BIR chief Kim Henares (middle), and former BOC chief John Sevilla of issuing illegal requirements for accreditation of customs brokers

ERC appointment raises conflict-of-interest issues

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: Sta Ana s appointment comes at a time when the regulatory agency is determining whether power generation companies among them the Aboitiz group’s unit Therma Mobile colluded to jack up prices of Meralco

INSIDE STORY: The real reason behind Petilla’s resignation

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: Sources close to Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla say his resignation was prompted by President Benigno Aquino III’s decision to appoint Geronimo Sta Ana as the 5th commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission

Customs deputy chief Dellosa: I will not resign

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:40 PM

Despite calls for him to resign Customs Deputy Commissioner Dellosa says he is staying so the cunning people won t have their way in the tax collecting agency

CUSTOMS DUTY. Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa inspects items smuggled from China. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Sevilla: No pressure from Ochoa, Purisima to resign

Apr 27, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The former Customs chief clarifies the Finance Secretary and the Executive Secretary talked to him about a potential reassignment of an individual within the bureau but the two respected his decision not to go through with it

STEPPING DOWN. Ex-Customs Commissioner John P Sevilla resigns, after refusing political appointments.

Osmeña: Aquino should have lifted political pressure on Sevilla

Apr 26, 2015 - 1:09 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña expresses his hope that former Bureau of Customs BOC Commissioner John Sevilla names people who had peddled their influence in certain BOC appointments

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

Rappler Talk: Sunny Sevilla on his resignation and political appointees at the BOC

Apr 24, 2015 - 4:30 PM

In this exclusive interview with Rappler former Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla opened up about his reason for resignation

It’s a hostile environment for the commissioner of Customs

Apr 24, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Some will move heaven and hell or spend a fortune just to remove a sitting commissioner for various reasons – some for business interests some for political reasons or some simply want the job for themselves

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

Poe for VP, customs chief resigns, Mary Jane’s sons | The wRap

Apr 23, 2015 - 8:15 PM

A survey says Grace Poe is top choice as next vice president Customs chief Sevilla resigns Mary Jane Veloso’s children fly to Indonesia

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

Customs chief John Sevilla resigns

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:29 AM

3rd UPDATE Customs Commissioner John Sevilla announces his decision a day after he vowed to fight any attempt of political groups to use his agency as a milking cow for their 2016 campaign

RESIGNED. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla hopes his successor would continue reforms in the bureau. Franz Lopez/Rappler

Customs won't be elections milking cow – Sevilla

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:20 PM

UPDATED I don’t compromise on morality This is the closest Commissioner John Sevilla gets to addressing persistent talks why some camps within the Aquino administration want him out

ELECTION-RELATED? There have been persistent talks that Customs Commissioner John Sevilla will be on his way out. Is it because he stands in the way of campaign fundraising by some camps? Rappler photo

Customs 1Q 2015 revenue collections reach P92.2B

Apr 20, 2015 - 5:55 PM

The collections are up 6 6 from the P86 5 billion collection in the first quarter of 2014 with non oil imports offsetting the low revenues from oil products

Customs earns P837M from confiscated goods sale

Apr 18, 2015 - 9:12 AM

The raised amount constitutes around 95 of the total Customs auction revenue for 2014

Customs losses to reach P40B due to cheaper oil – Sevilla

Jan 25, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Yet based on Rappler s computations the BOC s losses in 2014 are already at P44 12 billion even without the December 2014 figures

A customer fills his tank at a gasoline station in London, United Kingdom, February 24, 2011. Andy Rain/EPA

In 2015, Customs to improve processing, valuation system

Jan 01, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Reforms are in place to improve the Bureau of Customs dismal services

Customs miss January-September target by P31.71B

Oct 23, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Despite posting record high revenues in September the Bureau of Customs fails to hit its P296 billion target for January to September

RECORD HIGH COLLECTIONS. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla (with mic) speaks at the 10th Philippine Business Conference and Expo on October 23, 2014. Photo from the BOC

BOC to speed up auction of overstaying goods in Manila ports

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:48 PM

The auction is the newest measure undertaken by the Bureau of Customs to ease port congestion

DECONGESTED SOON. Malacañang assures the public that the congestion at major ports in Metro Manila would ease by Saturday, August 16. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Jay Directo

Customs applicants must take qualifying exams — Sevilla

Aug 04, 2014 - 7:04 PM

The improved hiring process aims to curb the padrino system at the agency

Customs: A year after SONA shaming

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:13 AM

How is the Customs doing a year after President Aquino singled it out in his SONA for being incompetent and corrupt?

HARD-PRESSED. Bureau of Customs Commissioner John Sevilla is leading the reforms meant to curb corruption and improve the collections of the agency

More Customs intelligence staff to be reshuffled

Jun 07, 2014 - 5:09 PM

After a massive revamp in May continued reshuffles are part of a string of reforms at the Customs bureau

REFORMS. Customs Chief John Sevilla continues to implement changes at the bureau, widely perceived to be one of the most corrupt agencies of government. Rappler file photo

BOC slaps smuggling raps against trader, customs broker

May 15, 2014 - 4:54 PM

The trading firm has allegedly misdeclared its imported products to avoid correct tax payment and brought in substandard steel and wood imports

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Customs files charges vs 2 steel importers, customs brokers

Apr 14, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla says the two firms did not only attempt to defraud the government of revenues they also endangered lives with their substandard steel imports

SMUGGLED. Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno inspects one of the 26 container vans containing misdeclared steel products apprehended at the Manila port. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Customs 2013 collections fall short of target

Feb 28, 2014 - 3:29 PM

But the bureau is optimistic about its collections in 2014 following a series of reforms to improve operational efficiency

A GOOD 2014? Customs Commissioner John Sevilla looks to good 2014 collections following 2013's revenues.

SC TRO on alleged smuggled rice 'initial victory' for farmers

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the Deparment of Agriculture praised the Supreme Court s TRO which stopped the release of alleged smuggled rice shipments in Davao

HAPPY. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla welcomes the Supreme Court decision.

Used Hummer, Honda, Toyota cars seized at Port Irene

Feb 21, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Some 800 more used vehicles arrived since December Once they try to leave the Cagayan Special Economic Freezone they too will be considered illegal

SEIZED IMPORTS. 38 used car imports were seized to uphold a government ban on used car importations

Customs misses 2013 revenue target

Feb 10, 2014 - 12:40 PM

The bureau was mostly in transition in 2013 due to a series of reforms implemented by the Aquino administration

REFORMS. The Bureau of Customs has implemented changes – from officials and personnel to rules and processes – to shore up revenue collections. File Photo from AFP

BOC to DOJ: Prioritize rice smuggling, not just Vhong

Feb 06, 2014 - 4:49 PM

The Customs chief says Vhong Navarro is not the only one in need of justice Poor farmers are badly affected by rice smuggling

BOC changes importer accreditation rules

Feb 05, 2014 - 7:25 PM

The Bureau of Customs hopes these changes will stop corruption and smuggling

CHANGES. The Bureau of Customs has implemented changes to its accreditation process, as well as additional reforms. File Photo from AFP.

Sevilla: Fixing the Customs' image

Jan 30, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Rappler talks to John Sunny Sevilla the newly appointed commissioner of the Bureau of Customs

Finance usec Sevilla appointed Customs OIC

Dec 04, 2013 - 5:27 PM

Finance Undersecretary John Sunny Sevilla replaces Ruffy Biazon who resigned this week after being implicated in the multi billion peso pork barrel scam

CUSTOMS OIC. Finance Undersecretary John Sevilla will take over as officer-in-charge of the Customs bureau effective December 7. Photo taken from the PPP Center website