Alvarez won't name new Customs police chief

March 4, 2011 1:22 pm 

MANILA, March 3 — Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Angelito Alvarez on Thursday said that he will no longer appoint a new Customs Police chief after the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed from the service Jose Brigido Yuchongco, who was found guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty.

"I no longer have any plan of appointing a new customs police chief because I want a lean and mean organization," Alvarez told reporters in an ambush interview at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Alvarez said that, before, Yuchongco reports to Nestorio Gualberto, director of the BOC Enforcement and Security Services (BOC-ESS) while Gualberto reports to Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Horacio Suansing.

"I thought I will just remove one layer and let Gualberto report to Suansing," Alvarez said, adding that, in effect, Gualberto will be the Customs Police Chief who will oversee all the district commanders all over the country.

The complaint against Yuchongco, which was filed in 2005 by the Department of Finance's Revenue Integrity Protection Service (DOF-RIPS), identified his properties as a mansion in a subdivision in Muntinlupa City; a 7,210-square-meter farm in Oas, Albay; a property in San Jose, Batangas; and a 32,593-square-meter land, also in Batangas province.

Such properties were not declared by Yuchongco in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

The complaint also said that it was impossible for a customs official to purchase such properties and to have a net worth of about P6.48 million in 2004.

According to the Ombudsman, Yuchongco's gross annual salary in 1994 was only about P54,000 and in 2004, it was at P256,116. (PNA)

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