THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) under Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has no plan to reacquire the services of former officials and agents whose records have been tainted by corruption and other illegal activities.
This was the assurance given to People’s Tonight by former Philippine Marines spokesperson and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) “consultant,” retired Colonel Neil Estrella, referring to the case of former Philippine Navy Ltsg. Gerard Uy.
Uy was among the first group from the military to be recruited in late 2013 by former Armed Forces chief of staff, retired General Jessie Dellosa, on his appointment as deputy commissioner for intelligence.
However, Uy was also among the first of these recruits to be fired by Dellosa after just several weeks at the IG amidst persistent reports that Uy and other recruits have been “shaking down” waterfront stakeholders, particularly traders and customs brokers, in exchange for “protecting” their shipments.
Gerard and his wife, Jenny Munar Uy, were also in the list of 31 names of dismissed IG employees and “namedroppers” released early this year by Dellosa to warn the transacting public not to deal with them and to immediately report their whereabouts to the IG.
Estrella confirmed what Tonight sources have revealed, in particular, that Uy has a “pending application” at the office of Faeldon to re-join the BoC.
“He (Uy) has an application that is yet to be acted upon by Comm. Faeldon,” Estrella said.
However, Estrella doubted if Uy’s effort to rejoin the BoC would be approved by the customs chief despite all formerly belonging to the same branch of service in the military, the Philippine Navy.
“Maraming ‘dero’ (derogatory information) laban sa kanya at sa isang alias ‘Bacud’ na umano’y nagpapakilala rin na taga Occom (Office of the Commissioner of Customs),” Estrella bared further.
Some sources in the Fil-Chinese community have confirmed the information reaching Estrella, with at least two of them claiming they have been forced to shell out money to those claiming from Faeldon’s office so they would not be targeted for a raid by the BoC for violation of customs laws.
However, Estrella reiterated Faeldon’s call for the victims of any extortion or shakedown attempt to step forward and file a formal complaint so the bureau can take appropriate action against them.