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Duterte appoints new Customs officials

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The new appointees include former regional chiefs of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte has named new top officials to the revenue agency. Photo from PhotoPhilia (Wikipedia Takes Manila participant)

DOJ panel ‘suppressed truth’ in clearing Faeldon in shabu case – PDEA

Jan 27, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The PDEA says the justice department's disregard of the testimonies made in congressional hearings is a violation of the rules of evidence

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon outlines some of the changes in the BOC during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Gordon panel wants charges vs Faeldon, 4 others over P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wants former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon charged with violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ties that bind: Who are Mans Carpio, Paolo Duterte connected to?

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Here's the cast of characters as they relate to presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio in the shabu smuggling controversy

PDEA officer in Valenzuela drug raid eyed for customs post

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:59 PM

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena says he also intends to appoint two other PDEA officers to hold critical posts within the BOC

NEW CUSTOMS CHIEF. Customs Commission Isidro Lapena addresses the Bureau of Customs after turnover ceremonies at the headquarters on August 30, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Trillanes tags Duterte son-in-law in smuggling

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Former Customs intelligence chief Neil Estrella confirms that he saw Manases Carpio husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio visit the office of the Customs chief

PRESIDENTIAL IN-LAW. Lawyer Maneses Carpio (right) with wife, Sara, and President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from the Facebook page of Maneses Carpio

Customs intel chief resigns amid P6.4-B shabu probe

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Former Marine colonel Neil Anthony Estrella says the sensitivity of my office and the methodology it entails have now been compromised by unnecessary publicity

RESIGNATION. Bureau of Customs intelligence director Neil Estrella quits his post amid alleged involvement in the P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China. File Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 30-August 5, 2017

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Must watch videos from this week

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

Senators see customs, Chinese 'connivance' in P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Aug 01, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It s clear customs people are involved says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon If 604 kilos of shabu got past the BOC this one time ilan pa ang nakalusot?

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

PH military denies beefing up Spratlys garrison

Oct 01, 2012 - 4:16 PM

The AFP denied having deployed 800 new troops to guard the Kalayaan group of islands and hopes to not rekindle tensions

AFP 3rd Marine Brigade arrives in Palawan on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of AFP WestCom

PH on stranded Chinese ship: No protest

Jul 15, 2012 - 3:11 PM

Foreign Affairs will investigate what led to the stranding of the Chinese warship at the disputed sea but will not lodge a diplomatic protest against China

Chinese ship rescued in Half Moon Shoal

Jul 15, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Chinese boats rescue the stranded Chinese warship in the area disputed by China and the Philippines

STUCK WARSHIP. A Chinese warship is stuck in Half Moon Shoal (in photo), which the Philippines claims. Photo from

PH, China deploy ships to Half Moon Shoal

Jul 14, 2012 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED Philippine authorities spot 5 Chinese ships in Half Moon Shoal where a Chinese warship is stranded A Philippine Navy ship is also in the vicinity

STUCK WARSHIP. A Chinese warship is stuck in Half Moon Shoal (in photo), which the Philippines claims. Photo from