Revenue officers sued, suspended as RIPS intensifies anti-corruption drive

Posted in: Press Releases- Jan 11, 2012 No Comments

REVENUE officers from the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Customs were sued and ordered suspended by the Finance department as its anti-corruption drive intensifies this 2012.

 Customs officers Jaime P. Maglipon, Aniceto Q. Sanchez, Jr., Solomon P. Sumpo, and Alfredo M. Opao, Jr. and BIR revenue officer Emily D.L. Singson were all ordered suspended with the latter’s case already being resolved while of those of the former remains pending.

 The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), the department’s anti-corruption unit, filed the cases against the respondents in 2006, but only received copies of the decision and resolution last month. 

BIR Revenue Officer IV Singson was found guilty of less serious dishonesty for failure to declare properties in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) as prescribed by Section 8 of Republic Act (RA) No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees. She was ordered suspended for six months without pay. 

In a decision dated August 22, 2011, then Over-all Deputy Ombudsman Orlando C. Casimiro, Jr. said Singson failed to clearly state in her SALN her owning of four agricultural lands worth P95,000. Casimiro said there was “no showing” that Singson’s SALN entries actually referred to these lands.

 “Moreover, her property covered by TCT No. T-341694, which was bought from Juan Remo as per Deed of Sale dated March 5, 1998 was not declared in her SALNs for the years 1998 to 2006,” the decision stated, pertaining to one agricultural land Singson bought for P10,000.

 “In the same manner, respondent did not declare in her SALNs for 1998 to 2006 the real properties covered by TCT Nos. T-340429, T-340431 and T-340430, which were donated by her grandmother, Dolores Japlit, on February 24, 1998,” the decision said.

 As to the four Customs officers, an Ombudsman memorandum dated April 21, 2006, but was only received by RIPS last December 13, 2011, said probable cause were established to charge them with grave misconduct and dishonesty and that they should be placed “under preventive suspension pending the conduct of administrative adjudication of the case against them.”

 DOF-RIPS said the new Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio-Morales, is cleaning her dockets of old cases, resulting in the late arrival of cases for implementation. Nevertheless, the Finance department had already followed Ombudsman’s order.

 The case stemmed from the alleged conspiracy of Maglipon, chief of the warrant and motor vehicle office under the Office of the Commissioner, together with Sanchez, Sumpo and Opao, for allowing two luxury vehicles to enter Port of Zamboanga without the collection of proper duties.

 The memorandum stated that two certificate of payments, indicating an aggregate amount of P123,750, was signed by Sumpo and Opao to cover import entry numbers 0086-03 and 0087-03, which contained a BMW and a Mercedes Benz. Sumpo is a Customs examiner, while Opao is a cashier.

 “However, records revealed that Import Entry No. 0086-03 was issued by Customs to JAPCOR Auto Supply covering truck parts. On the other hand, Import Entry No. 0087-03 was issued by Customs to Mega Plywood Corp. covering plywood,” the memorandum stated.

 “Allegedly, thus, at the time of the issuance of the certificates of payment on February 21, 2003, the aforementioned import entry numbers 0086-03 and 0087-03 were not yet in existence inasmuch as the true entries were made on June 23 and 25, 2003, respectively,” it added.

 This meant that lower duties were collected from the vehicles’ shipment, the memorandum said, after it was cleared by Maglipon for registration to the Land Transportation Office.

 RIPS alleged that unpaid duties and taxes from the illegal importation amounted to P1,260,400.90.

 Meanwhile, RIPS also sued six other Customs officers for allegedly failing to file their SALNs in violation of RA No. 6713. The respondents were Benigno Dulla, warehouseman IV; Nasser Pandi, Esmael Umpa and Mustapha Lomondot, all Customs operations officers I; and Nelly Ochoa and Rene Agulan, Customs operations officers III.

 RIPS, created via Executive Order No. 259 in 2003, is mandated to go after corrupt revenue officers to help agencies collect more revenues for the government. To date, the unit already have 100 cases against 141 individuals, 59 of whom were suspended from office, while 20 were already dismissed from service.

 

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