Customs reshuffles key officials

June 10, 2009 12:06 pm 

MANILA, June 10 — Key officials in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were given new assignments to strengthen its campaign against smuggling.

The officials who were promoted were Port of Manila district collector Horacio Suansing Jr. who was named as deputy commissioner for Enforcement Group while Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service director Jairus Paguntalan was named deputy commissioner for Intelligence Group.

Suansing was replaced by lawyer Arnel Alcaraz, Port of Manila deputy collector for operations while Paguntalan’s position was given to Filomeno Vicencio Jr.

Vicencio, who served as an executive assistant of former Customs commissioner Salvador Mison on Wednesday took his oath of office at the Department of Finance.

Suansing and Paguntalan were reported to likely succeed the post of retired deputy commissioner Celso Templo, as chief of the bureau’s Intelligence and Enforcement Group (IEG).

However, the IEG has been dissolved with the appointments of Suansing and Paguntalan.

Earlier, Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales designated Paguntalan as acting chief of the IEG after Templo retired last January 9.

Templo, before leaving the BOC, recommended Paguntalan, Customs Police chief Deputy Director Jose Yuchongco, and Intelligence Division head Fernandino Tuason to replace him.

However, the discretion on who will succeed to the position is in the hands of the Chief Executive. (PNA)

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