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Moves like Jagger: NBI files charges vs Guerrero, 2 BOC execs for granting permits to bogus importers

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed criminal and administrative charges against Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero and other top Customs officials before the Office of the Ombudsman for extending import permits to at least five bogus companies.

By Nancy Carvajal

Also recommended for prosecution were Raniel T. Ramiro Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group, and James B. Joven Officer – in charge, Accounts Management Office (AMO).

NBI- National Capital Region team led by agent Fem Martinez found that Guerrero issued certificate of accreditation for the bogus companies, which allowed them to import and transact in the BOC on the recommendation of Ramiro and Joven.

“Based on the evidence gathered there is probable cause to indict Commissioner Guerrero and deputy Commissioner and OIC Joven for graft and corruption for giving any private party unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference,” the complaint read.

“We find in this case evidence that the BOC officials Guerrero, Ramiro and Joven conspired with the private importers for their accreditation,” it added.

According to the NBI report, the certificate of accreditation granted by Guerrero to the bogus companies gave them unwarranted benefit despite their failure to comply with minimum standards set by customs law.

Also recommended for prosecution were incorporators of the fake companies namely, Blessive Scott International, Crown Majesty Classic Corp., Parasol-8 Corporation Liuzhiga International, Gypson International Trading and Dragonluck Enterprise.

The NBI found that though Dragonluck Enterprises was able to import goods with customs value of US$ 5.7 million or duty value of around P312 million from February 20 to December 12, 2018 despite having no office address.

In an affidavit submitted to the NBI, Guerrero explained that he signed accreditation letters as part of his ministerial duty. However, investigators noted that the BOC chief issued a Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) stating that he “will be the approving authority for applications for accreditation of importers and consignees.”

Ramiro, meanwhile, did not respond to the NBI’s subpoena or submit an affidavit.

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