3 Customs employees frozen for alleged involvement in onion smuggling

September 16, 2009 12:42 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 16 — Three Customs personnel assigned at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) are in a “floating status” in connection with the alleged smuggling of imported onions and other agricultural products into the country.

In a memorandum, Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales identified the employees as Customs examiners Abraham Gabriana and John Aclaro and principal appraiser Marline Osmillo.

“They were penalized for signing the shipment’s entry from abroad that was consigned to Rickman Trading whose accreditation was suspended by Customs,” he said.

Lawyer Willie Sarmiento, head of the Customs Internal Inquiry and Prosecution Division, on the other hand, said the employment status of the three Customs personnel is “floating” since they are now assigned to the Human Resources Management Division (HRMD).

“Their new assignment in the HRMD means they are on a probationary status,” he said.

Morales also black listed the consignee, together with Customs broker, identified as Ferdinand Salcedo, for the shipment of the onions from China worth P9 million.

The smuggled items were misdeclared as support mattresses, wearing apparels, and gift items.

The shipment of five container vans loaded with 11,980 bags of onions arrived at the MICP on separate dates last month. (PNA)

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