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Basalo declares to run for mayor

Posted in Montevista Cirilo “Jun” Basalo Jr with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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Civil engineer and former Councilor of Montevista Cirilo “Jun” Basalo, Jr. declared to run again for mayor in his hometown in the coming 2016 polls.

In an interview, his dream of bringing real changes and development in Montevista “remains as ever” and this time he said he would ally with gubernatorial wannabe Congressman Rommel “Bobong” Amatong.

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He would possibly take his former Vice Mayor and Councilor Jose Juario as his runningmate if the later accepts so.

As of now, Engr. Basalo said he has development vision for Montevista anchored on three platforms of government: good governance, sustainable development bias to the barangays, and investments attraction for jobs’ generation.

He said these platforms if aggressively pursued would polevault development to the long-underdeveloped town with its results and gains felt by the barangays.

Basalo is a civil engineer in profession and had served the town as councilor for three straight terms.

He is a businessman, concentrating on imports and exports.

His ties-up and connections, both domestic and international particularly BIMP-EAGA countries could spell difference to Montevista when attracted to invest in Montevista and partnered for economic and social development especially as the Asean Integration will already start next year, 2015.

In last 2013 election, Basalo ran independent against now Mayor Topoy Jaictin.

In that election, Basalo got sizable votes even if he lacked resources while Jaictin was aggressively backed up by the well-oiled machinery of the Uswag Comval, the administration’s provincial party.

“The gubernatorial bid of Congressman Amatong is a game-changer,” Engr. Basalo quipped.

Meanwhile, reports said that the Jauods are withdrawing their support to Jaictin, whom opposition pundits charged to have not made good performance during his first term as mayor.

A highly placed source said that Jaictin’s tandem Vice Mayor Roel Abucejo would be dropped for his reelection bid with Jaictin by the Uswag Comval as well-performing Councilor Boy Rabanos “is the favorite” of Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.

“FVR did not endorse me”- Duterte . But just the same FVR wants a Mindanaoan President, and who else?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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Just the same former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) wants a Mindanaoan President and who else is he referring to? Apparently, he is Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte.

There was literally one huge writing in the wall for Duterte to finally meet the push, prodding and thumbs-up of many people for him to run for President as when FVR personally added letter “s” with the use of pentel pen to the phrase “Atin to Pre” printed on the t-shirt he exchanged to wear during last Thursday’s opening of BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference.

The changed slogan (Photo credit FB of Frank Villaroman)

The t- shirt has the word Digong! and under it a hand logo giving a thumbs-up before the changed “Atin to Pres.”

During the regular TV program of the mayor on Sunday, he said that FVR when he came here last Thursday both of them talked more about the BIMP-EAGA trade that FVR started and “talked politics for only less than 10 minutes.”

He said FVR asked him about his reported presidential plan and just the same he said he is not interested to run and has no money for it.

But FVR said “the next President should come from Mindanao as no Mindanaoan has yet become the country’s President,” the mayor recalled when prodded by his co-anchor Atty. Geraldine Chiu.

Duterte has been consistently declining to run for President citing variably at least three bones of contentions that include his non-interest, lack of money, and his age (he is now 69).

Despite his consistent thumbing down, more and more people keep onthe other hand keep on thumbing up for him to run for President.

The BIMP-EAGA event will ended yesterday, Sunday. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Pa assumes son’s councilorship in BE Dujali, Davao Norte

Posted in Councilor Romulo "Mulong" Esmino Sr with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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The father of a councilor who is on jail due to alleged drug pushing has assumed the latter’s councilor’s post in Braulio E. Dujali town in Davao del Norte.
Romulo “Mulong” Esmino, Sr. assumed as regular councilor succeeding his son Romulo Jr  through a unanimous choice of the town’s and local party officials.
In an interview, Councilor Romulo Sr. vowed he would continue giving sincere and wholehearted services for the town’s constituents.
He thanked officials for giving confidence to him to serve the unserved term of his son who is still waiting for a grant of a bail bond after his arrest and imprisonment following a buy bust on illegal drug last Nov. 11, 2013.
He expressed optimism that his son would be released on bail.
The father took his oath of office last Aug. 4 and attended his first session in the Sangguniang Bayan on Aug. 7.
Romulo Jr had earlier tendered his voluntary resignation.
Kusog Baryohanon party stalwart Cong. Anton Lagdameo, Mayor Lolita Moral, Vice Mayor Samuel Pacres and town councilors were unanimous in choosing Mulong Sr to assume his son’s post. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Panabo police implements “no plate, no travel policy” without let up

Posted in Panabo PNP police chief PSupt Roderico Roy Jr with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte
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Panabo PNP police chief PSupt.  Roderico Roy Jr is making special focus for his police force these days to be always in full alert in checking and taking right police actions against violators of traffic laws especially against owners and drivers of single motorcycles which have no plate number.
He is actively implementing a “no plate, no travel” policy, and without let since he assumed office last July.
Besides this violation, the city police is also making citations to violators for having no driver’s license, OR/CR , or only having expired ones, and others.
In fact, they have already turned over many apprehended vehicles to the Land Transportation Office in the province.
PSupt. Roy said this is one way in preventing crimes as single motorcycles have been often used by riding in tandems as their getaway vehicles.
Relatively, the police chief’s focus runs parallel with the “no plate, no travel” policy in neighboring Tagum City.
Meanwhile, LTO Davao del Norte provincial director Marietta Piccio bared in separate interview that beginning November 1 the LTO will implement in full weight the “no plate, no travel” policy.
“On that day dakop na, way pilion ang LTO (It’s apprehension time, we’ll not spare anybody,” Piccio declared saying there was a recent directive from LTO national office to that effect.
PSupt. Roy recently submitted his Anti Criminality Action Plan (ACAP) to City Mayor Atty. Jose Silvosa, Sr. in a city conference.
The ACAP he devised outlined his crime prevention and anti-criminality operational plans that aimed to address and contain crimes in the city such as thefts, holdups, crimes relating dangerous drugs and others.
He is also focused in keeping his police force on higher moral ascendancy as he engaged on “internal cleansing” of the city police force by purging misfits who used prohibited drugs.
Currently, Roy has 8 policemen who are undergoing criminal investigation course. He is launching also a “Isumbong Mo kay C.O.P” text/call hotline.- (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Tagum mayor perplexed on what’s his political party

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon is perplexed over what is his political party now as in the last 2013 election he ran under the PDP Party but “without the PDP’s CONA (Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance)”.

“I’m PDP (candidate), but technically I’m independent, or I’m PDP independent,” he said.

That time the PDP party leadership was not yet wracked with division between Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Pimentels- former Senator Nene and Senator Koko.

In March this year Binay left PDP and is now leading the United Nationalist Alliance which he shared leadership with PMP party czar, former President Erap Estrada.

Rellon left the Liberal Party prior the 2013 polls as he was not endorsed the mayoral standard bearer.

Rellon explained: “I have strong reason to leave the LP. I went to Manila and sought refuge to Binay and he embraced me. I then ran under PDP. But we ran without the CONA. Technically, I’m independent. I don’t know. But I will really go for Binay. We’re closer to each other.”

Further, he said Binay visited him twice in Tagum City while he is already the mayor- during the rover scouting and the national jamboree activities. “Atty. Wendel Avisado (Binay’s top leader in the region) keeps on calling me. We’re closer to each other.”

He further recalled that when he left the LP, “OK ra pod kay I became free” as he ran virtually without a party, without money but with the people of the city backing him up for his victory.

He said that although he left the LP in the province, “but in reality” he always goes for Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, the provincial chair of the LP.

It appears now that Rellon. being “technically independent” is choosing with whom to ally: RDR and Baby of the LP, locally, and Binay of the opposition UNA, nationally.

He said he is willing to go back to the fold of the LP party.

But when it comes to the choice of who’s the standard bearer for mayor in 2016 election, and if it’s not him, he openly confided: “Ah, lahi na na! (It’s different matter).”

He added he is supporting all-out the gubernatorial bid of Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. in 2016 polls.

Suaybaguio has long not been hiding his interest to run for governor in 2016 saying he has long prepared for it while he has been serving as Gov. Del Rosario’s vice governor for four terms already. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

New BOC Davao Port Collector Butalid vows “no take, no tara” policy

Posted in boc davao Ricardo Butalid with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte
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Smarting past the oil smuggling controversy just left by his predecessor, the new district collector of the Port of Davao assigned by the Bureau of Customs Manila headquarters vowed he would lead in a “no take, no tara” policy.
Before BOC Davao’s rank and file employees in last Monday’s flag-raising ceremony, retired General Ricardo Butalid declared: “I’m with you and I will lead you in no-take, no-tara policy. I will lead you in this advocacy.”
Tara is the street-smart colloquial word circulating in BOC offices nationwide for grease money.
He congratulated the BOC Davao’s men and women for always hitting collections above the targets, urging them to continue performing well as the BOC Manila and Commissioner Sevilla “know this”.
He added he would also lead them in reaffirming with the Bureau’s mission and objectives, chiefly for increase collection, trade facilitation and border protection.
He reminded BOC Davao’s organic manpower of the BOC’s hierarchy who should be followed, saying: “Always remember that we have higher authorities above, authorities who will oversee us. Their concern is also our concern.”
The statement was apparently a tab to the report that dismissed district collector Ernesto Aradanas allegedly tried to cling to his post following allegation that he resisted directives of BOC Commissioner John Sevilla to immediately issue a writ of seizure and detention (WSD) to the smuggled oil shipment of 260,000 liters of premium gasoline apprehended in the sub-port of General Santos by the Manila customs intelligence agents with Philippine Coast Guard elements last Sept. 6.
During Aradanas’ alleged dilly-dallying in issuing his WSD the smuggled shipment was pilfered of 163,000 liters. Aradanas issued his WSD on Sept. 23.
Report also said that Sevilla asked Aradanas to immediately resign days after the incident but the latter reportedly clung to his post until he received the termination order of Dept. of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.
The order terminating his services as project manager was signed by Purisima Oct. 1. Aradanas only left the post Oct. 13, the other Monday.
Aradanas vehemently denied making wrongdoing even as he thoroughly explained his actions as proper and legal that led to his late issuance of WSD.
In press statement when Aradanas left post Oct. 13, he stressed he did not resign and called for impartial probe citing lack of due process in the termination order.
Aradanas, a retired brigadier general, was hired as project manager 3 of the Office of Revenue Modernization under the Dept. of Finance. Being that, he was deployed to BOC and subsequently was assigned as district collector for BOC Davao last Feb. 3, 2014. BOC is under the DoF.
Butalid is reportedly a protege of BOC Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jesse Dellosa.
It was Dellosa’s Intelligence Group (IG) that uncovered the so-called oil smuggling “pipeline” between Malaysia and the Philippines starting from Sabah and ending up at various ports in Mindanao.
A report said that smuggling has become rampant in Mindanao through the so-called “Malaysia-Philippine smuggling pipeline.”
Butalid was the former chief at J6 (Communications, Electronics and Information System Service) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) before his retirement in 2011.
He ran for congressman in the first district of Masbate last May 2013 polls but lost. Late last month he joined the BOC IG per backing of Dellosa.
He was groomed by Dellosa to become the CIIS national director, but before he could get his due appointment, the vacancy of the post of Davao port collector suddenly came up last week. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

P1 corruption will nix P33 B Malaysian reclamation project, Duterte warns

Posted in P33-billion Davao City reclamation project with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has warned that the moment he knows that Malaysian investors have given even a mere P1 corruption money to any City Hall employee in connection with the P33-billion reclamation project they proposed he would “throw the papers” of the project.
In his regular TV program Sunday, he announced his zero-corruption policy to the Malaysians’ proposed reclamation project that would involve reclaiming and filling up of a 746-hectare coastal area starting from Isla Verde to the mouth of Davao River.
Malaysian investors would pour a whooping P33-billion investment to reclaim and develop the area.
“The project would have gestation period of eight months to one year, next year, and actual works will start in 2016. Wala na ko ana (I’m no longer a mayor by then),” he said.
“Maayo unta mosugot si Inday para kanunay way korapsyon,” the mayor added, referring to his earlier prodding anointment to his daughter and former Mayor Inday Sara to run for mayor in 2016.
He said that reclamation projects in the country had always been associated with corruption defrauding the government of billions of pesos.
He mentioned the PEA-Amari and Cebu reclamation deals.
The said projects were marred with controversies over secret acts of public officials involved which defrauded the government of billions of pesos.
Also, the mayor bared that the proposed reclamation project would have the possibility of relocating people living in Isla Verde, the reason why he has earlier asked President Benigno Aquino III for the amendment of the presidential proclamation over the Isla Verde and its vicinity that would include commercial use and not only residential use.
The project’s relocation scheme entails payment to acceding relocatees and the subdivision of reclaimed land to units that would be up for sale to recover and profit from project in scaled-up time.
Meanwhile, Mayor Duterte also bared that he just wanted a “simple commuter train that can move people” in the another modern light rail transit project proposed by South Korean investors with build-operate-transfer scheme. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Ex-Gen. Ricardo “Boy” Butalid is the replacement of Aradanas as BOC Davao Port District Collector

Posted in BOC Davao Collector Gen. Ricardo “Boy” Butalid with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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Another retired general coming from the Bureau of Customs Intelligence Group (IG) in Manila is the replacement of dismissed BOC Davao District Collector  and retired Gen. Ernesto Aradanas.

He is retired Gen. Ricardo “Boy” Butalid.

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BOC Davao public information and assistance division head Suharto “Jun” Sumayan said last Friday afternoon that Butalid is expected to arrive and meet BOC Davao officials and employees today, Monday, Oct. 20.

The BOC Davao’s top post was temporarily held by BOC Davao deputy collector for administration-operation Atty. Dante Maranan as the OIC district collector when Aradanas left the post last Monday after receiving the termination order of Dept. of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

Aradanas last Tuesday in press statement said that he did not resign even as he asked for impartial probe citing there was no of due process on his termination.

Sec. Purisima terminated his contract of services with the BOC, coming on the heels of the foiled oil smuggling in the sub-port of General Santos City in the first week of last September.

Aradanas allegedly allowed the entry of a shipment of smuggled gasoline of about 260,000 liters, which was subsequently pilfered of 163,000 liters under contentious circumstances which he vehemently denied making wrongdoing even as he thoroughly explained his actions as proper and legal that led to his late issuance of the writ of seizure and detention (WSD) last Sept. 23 per his chronology report that he bared to the media.

The shipment was seized in a raid by composite force of the Philippine Coast Guard elements and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Services (CIIS) special team deployed by BOC Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jesse Dellosa.

Butalid, like Aradanas, is a classmate, mistah of Dellosa under Class ’79 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Aradanas joined the BOC after being hired as “Project Manager 3″ at the Office of Revenue Agency Modernization (ORAM) at the Dept. of Finance. The BOC is under the DoF.

ORAM is the source of retired generals who are tapped to become project managers of BOC like serving in mission-critical posts such as the plum post of the district port collectors. They are employed under contract of services.

Sumayan said that Butalid also came from ORAM .

Per online research, Butalid ran for congressman in first district of Masbate last May 2013 polls but lost. Late last month he joined the BOC IG per backing of Dellosa, whom highly placed sources said carries “great weight” in the selection of officials he wants to serve with him in the IG.

Butalid was the former chief at J6 (Communications, Electronics and Information System Service) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) before his retirement in 2011.

He was groomed by Dellosa to become the CIIS national director, but before he could get his due appointment the vacancy of the post of Davao port collector suddenly came up last week, although Commissioner John Sevilla signed the termination order of Aradanas last Oct. 1.

The IG has direct supervision over the CIIS.

It was the IG that uncovered the so-called smuggling “pipeline” between Malaysia and the Philippines starting from Sabah and ending up at various ports in Mindanao, with the apprehension of a local carrier loaded with 260,000 liters of  smuggled gasoline at the sub-port of General Santos last September 6.

A report said that smuggling has become rampant in Mindanao through the so-called “Malaysia-Philippine smuggling pipeline.”

“The majority of these smuggled items are allegedly being cleared in the Port of Davao and its two subports,”the report said. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Sacked Davao Port Collector Aradanas not replying BOC Manila texts, calls. Where is he? Sec. Purisima sacks him for “loss of trust and confidence”

Posted in BOC Davao District Collector Gen. Ernesto Ruiz Aradanas with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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“Are Aquino-loyal yellow generals placed in the Bureau of Customs on backroom back-stabbing in turf wars for secret deals?”

The dismissed top official of the Bureau of Customs Port of Davao is not replying to texts and calls from officials in BOC Manila headquarters after he left his post Monday.

Former BOC Davao port district collector Ernesto Aradanas was sacked coming on the heels of the charge that he allegedly allowed oil smuggling in the sub-port of General Santos.

Dismissed BOC Davao Port District Collector Gen. Ernesto Ruiz Aradanas
Dismissed BOC Davao Port District Collector Gen. Ernesto Ruiz Aradanas

BOC national public information and assistance chief Charo Logarta that Aradanas had not replied to the texts messages and calls from her and other BOC Manila officials she knew who had messaged him.

In separate reports, it was known that Aradanas was dismissed from service last Oct. 1 but he only received the termination order in BOC Davao last Monday, Oct. 13.

It was Department of Finance (DoF) Sec. Cesar Purisima who ordered his removal via BOC Commissioner John Sevilla who mailed the dismissal order that the secretary signed last Oct 1 “on the ground of loss of trust and confidence.”

“(B)ased on reasons previously made known to you during your meeting with the Commissioner of Customs (Sevilla), we would like to formally notify you of the expiration of your term of service with this department (DoF) on the ground of loss of trust and confidence. This shall be effective immediately upon receipt hereof,” Purisima said.

Aradanas, a brigadier general, assumed as BOC Davao district collector last Feb. 3, 2014.

Thus, he just served in the post for 8 months and 10 days, making BOC Davao to have a throwback to several episodes of having shifting OIC collectors and even headless last year during the shakeups for reforms highlighted by the resignation of then Commisioner Ruffy Biazon.

He is the fifth district collector designated in eight months’ time when the BOC became shaky due to reform moves that triggered personnel transfers and reshuffles following the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) where the BOC was castigated for the continued rampant smuggling happening in the country’s ports.

Aradanas, a member of Class ’79 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) joined the BOC after being hired as ‘Project Manager 3’ at the Office of Revenue Agency Modernization (ORAM) at the DOF.

He is known to be a member of Aquino-loyal yellow generals who were placed in the corruption-hounded customs bureau.

With Aradanas’ departure from a plum post in Davao, “are Aquino-loyal yellow generals placed in the Bureau of Customs on backroom back-stabbing for turf wars in secret deals?” asked a source long transacting with the BOC Davao .

A broker interviewed said on the condition of anonymity that “Aradanas and his men” have been so strict with the transacting brokers and shippers while “there always a legal reason or ground to use to deny or to disapprove our papers with the so many customs laws and orders  we have to comply.”

Logata said in phone interview that as far as she knew Aradanas is “still in Davao wrapping up things.”

Logarta said that Commissioner John Sevilla directed BOC Davao administration-operation head Atty. Dante Maranan to be the OIC district collector of the Davao Port, which covers the sub-ports in General Santos City, Mati City and Parang, Maguindanao.

Insinuations swirled that he dilly-dallied in issuing the tougher Writ of Seizure and Detention (WSD) on the smuggled oil shipment of 260,000 liters that arrived in Gensan sub-port first week last September.

On the next day, Tuesday Aradanas issued his press statement explaining his actions on the issue and made parting swipe at superiors for terminating him without due process.

He stressed he did not resign and asked for impartial probe.

The first report received by BOC Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jessie Dellosa said that the shipment arrived in the sub-port Sept. 6, but in Aradanas subsequent probe it arrived Sept. 4.

Aradanas in his press statement said that he “was only informed about the oil shipment, sometime on 09 September 2014.”

It was then was the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) “was already asking who within the Bureau of Customs (BOC) should take custody of the said shipment including the vessel and the truck,” he added.

It was a composite team of the PCG and Dellosa’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) team that apprehended the shipment in Gensan sub-port.

Aradanas said that “there was no written authority/request from the BOC to the PCG regarding this operation or the very least, notice from the District Collector of Davao.”

The shipment was already lacking of 163,000 liters when Aradanas made his hold order following the joint PCG-CIIS operation.

So it appeared that Aradanas did not know of the shipment in 6 days, from Sept. 4 arrival to Sept 8 as it as was only Sept. 9 when he got knowledge of it as he claimed.

The shipment came from Malaysia and first entered into the country via the port of Jolo, which cleared it.

When it was already cleared the port of Jolo, the shipment’s import status was deemed terminated and it was then “shipped locally to a private port located in Tambler, General Santos before it was apprehended by the composite team,” Aradanas argued.

Earlier, there were reports received by BOC Manila intelligence office that “all sorts of merchandise are being brought into the country under the very noses of customs officials especially in areas under the jurisdiction of the Port of Davao under Coll. Ernesto Aradanas that include the sub-port of General Santos .”

A report said that there is virtually an “oil pipeline” that has been existing between Malaysia and the Philippines starting from Sabah and ending up at various ports in Mindanao, which was lately uncovered by the Customs Intelligence Group (IG).

It was revealed that smuggling has become rampant in Mindanao thru the so-called ‘Malaysia-Philippine smuggling pipeline.’

“The majority of these smuggled items are allegedly being cleared in the Port of Davao and its two subports,”the report said.

“I purposely did not inform Coll. Aradanas about the operation so I can ‘validate’ the report independently and it turned out to be true,” former AFP chief of staff Dellosa said.

BOC Manila CIIS officials earlier said that amid Aradanas’ dilly-dallying of his WSD unscrupulous persons succeeded in spiriting out the content of M/T Elaine even as Dellosa said that pressures were mounted by the shipment assignee to the apprehending composite team to release the shipment.

There was a report received by Dellosa that all the gasoline was already gone.

A report said that when the information was received by BOC Manila, Sevilla then twice called up Aradanas to issue a WSD on the shipment but the latter cannot be reached for unknown reason.

Aradanas, however, issued an AO (alert order) so the BOC can legally hold the shipment for further examination and investigation.

Aradanas’ spokesperson Fatima Espino of BOC Davao debunked the report that all the gasoline “was all gone”, saying that there are still “around 97,000 liters (that) remain in the vessel prior the issuance of the WSD.”

Aradanas only issued the WSD on the shipment last Sept. 22,  or 18 days after it arrived Sept. 4.

In Aradanas’ chronology issued to this reporter last Thursday,  he said that on Sept. 12 Sevilla called him up to issue a WSD against the shipment. On that day also he motored to Gensan sub-port to personally look into it and issued an alert order on the same day.

Aradanas said that after the alert order he subsequently made 100% examination on the subject shipment, conducted more probe, asked for comments and recommendations from Zamboanga port, and an expert opinion from Dept. of Energy from laboratory test made on oil’s sample, and asked recommendation for WSD from CIIS Davao.

“On 23 September 2014 WSD no. 50-2014 was issued against the shipment of premium gasoline, the local vessel M/T Elaine and the Lorry Truck carrying the discharged petroleum gas for violation of Section 2503 and Section 2530 of TCCP,” Aradanas said.

But when the WSD came, it was already pilfered. Investigation is still going on where the pilfered gasoline went to. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Davao Port collector Aradanas leaves post to ask to impartial probe, hints a swipe at Commissioner Sevilla

Posted in Bureau of Customs Port of Davao District Collector Ernesto Aradanas with tags on March 20, 2016 by cha monforte

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Bureau of Customs Port of Davao District Collector Ernesto Aradanas left his post yesterday, Tuesday but he stressed in a press statement he issued that he “did not resign.”

“Instead (I) requested for an impartial investigation of the alleged oil smuggling, because I believe the Port of Davao did what is the most appropriate process and protocols in addressing the issue,” he said.

“I am saddened by the arbitrary decision of Commissioner (John Sevilla) for my termination, who may be fed himself inaccurate information.  When objective consideration of facts and when due process are junked, arrogance and abuse of authority follow, then ‘reforms’ is doomed,” Aradanas statement added.

He hoped the “truth and justice will prevail in the end.”

He denied that he allowed the illegal entry of 260,000 liters of smuggled gasoline at the Sub-Port of General Santos.

“When the said oil shipment arrived at General Santos City, it is considered a domestic cargo because it already entered at the Sub-Port of Jolo, Sulu which was cleared by the Customs authorities of the port upon compliance with the required Customs formalities including submission of pertinent documents like Load Port Survey Report issued by Bureau Veritas and payment of the duties, taxes and other charges due thereon,” the embattled Davao district collector explained.

“Section 1202 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines provides: ‘Importation is deemed terminated upon payment of the duties, taxes and other charges due upon the articles, or secured to be paid, at a port of entry and the legal permit withdrawal shall have been granted,” he added.

“Nevertheless, in order to protect the interest of the government, I issued first an Alert Order while the hearing on the existence of probable cause was on-going in compliance with the due process of law as required by Section 2535 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.”

“I eventually issued the Warrant of Seizure and Detention on 23 September 2014 on the day I left for the 8th BIMP-EAGA Heads of Customs Meeting in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, even when our fact finding was not yet complete.”

“The shipments integrity remains as it was at the moment when the Commissioner gave me a “direct order” to issue WSD (12 September 2014) without established probable cause by the Port of Davao, contrary to the insinuation that I delayed the process to allow the illegal discharge of the said shipment.”

“Finally, some reports were also indicating that I belong to the “corrupt and non-performing officials” being rid as part of the new policy direction of BOC.  Contrary to such insinuation, my accomplishments as District Collector of the Port of Davao show that my port is one of the best performing Collection Districts of Bureau of Customs.  In fact, the Commissioner himself gave the Port of Davao a Plaque of Commendation just very recently for outstanding performance for the past months.”

“It is heartwarming though to note, that the men and women of the Port reacted and came to my defense through open letters & manifestos addressed to the Honorable Secretary of Finance Cesar V. Purisima and to the Honorable Commissioner of Customs attesting to my good leadership and our outstanding accomplishments.”

“I hope for an impartial investigation of the case, not really to hold on to my post but more so to set the records straight and somehow recognize the organizational dysfunction that transpired which emanated from the Intelligence Group of Bureau of Customs.  When institutional systems and the Tariff and Customs Code of the Phillippines (TCCP) will be replaced by personal biases the good intentions of the customs transformation is lost,” Aradanas statement concluded.

The statement was e-mailed to this reporter Tuesday at around 2 P.M. yesterday, Tuesday. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)