BOC-Davao serves suspension order vs deputy district collector

By Anthony S. Allada

THE Bureau of Customs-Davao finally implemented the suspension order against beleaguered deputy district collector for administration lawyer Aniceto Sanchez Jr. over his administrative case filed against him in 2006.

BOC-Davao district collector lawyer Martiniano Bangcoy admitted that the preventive suspension order against Sanchez should have to be served since January 5 this year but failed to implement it since the latter has a pending appeal before the BOC.

Bangcoy said upon receiving the order he immediately wrote Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon on the implementation of the said order but he reportedly did not obtain a response from Biazon, prompting him to write another letter addressed to deputy commissioner for administration Juan Lorenzo Tañada for the same purpose.

He said he was later told that Biazon responded to his letter but failed to receive it, telling him to implement the suspension order and that the appeal of Sanchez has no merit at all.

For seven months since January, Sanchez still acts as the customs deputy district collector for administration in Davao port until Bangcoy issued a memorandum dated September 4, 2012 implementing the order.

In January 5, the Department of Finance ordered the suspension of Sanchez together with other customs officers Jaime Maglipon, Solomon Sumpo, and Alfredo Opao Jr. and BIR revenue officer Emily Singson.

The Revenue Integrity Protection Service or RIPS, the finance department’s anti-corruption unit, filed the cases against the respondents in 2006.

An Ombudsman memorandum dated April 21, 2006, but only received by RIPS on Dec. 13, 2011, said probable cause was established to charge the four Customs officials with grave misconduct and dishonesty.

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said they should be placed “under preventive suspension pending the conduct of administrative adjudication of the case against them.”

Singson, on the other hand, was found guilty of less serious dishonesty for failure to declare properties in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth as prescribed by Section 8 of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees. She was ordered suspended for six months without pay. (ASA)


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