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MANILA -- The government has so far filed 42 smuggling and 117 tax evasion cases four days before the third State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
In line with President Aquino's policy of good governance, the Run After The Smugglers (RATS) Group has filed a total of 42 cases under the watch of Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rozzano Rufino "Ruffy" Biazon.
Whether big or small businessmen, whether in public or private sector, both the BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) are hell bent to implement the government's anti-graft and corruption campaign with the end in view of making them a "thing of the past" and "good governance" prevails in all facets of society.
According to Biazon, the BOC will relentlessly and continuously combat smuggling in all forms, in all ports and at all costs.
In fact, of the 42 smuggling cases, the BOC has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) an P18-million smuggling cases against four traders and two brokers for illegal importation of rice and chemicals.
Charged were Noriel C. Angob, owner-proprietor of DXS Marketing, his attorney-in-fact John M. Edillor and broker Elvie R. Flores for bringing into the country 13 20-footer vans said to contain Phthalic Anhydride without the necessary permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Also charged were Rolando E. Delos Reyes, owner-proprietor of Afidee, and his broker Sabjulna Ergo Ofilan for the unlawful importation of four 40-footer container vans and one 20-footer van declared as "assorted kitchenwares" and "assorted tools" but were found to contain premium white rice.
Likewise, charged was Veronica Joy T. Reyes, owner-proprietor of Seph Gabrielle Enterprises, who also unlawfully imported four 40-footer container vans of rice misdeclared as "aluminum framing."
The BOC has also filed a P43-million smuggling case against four traders for unlawful importation of onions and potatoes.
Charged were Nazario R. Canono and Tirso S. Otar, responsible officers of D'Golden House; Vivian P. Rosales, owner-proprietor of Alvee Trading; and William M. Lejano, owner-proprietor of Aya Day Trading.
An P18-million smuggling charges were also filed against two traders and two brokers.
Charged were Zachris General Merchandise owner Daribeth Sevillano of Mabolo, Cebu City; her licensed customs broker Joseph Spencer R. Lopez; Richflow Trading owner Crisanto Caldozo Jr., and his licensed customs broker Janet Jackielou R. Coriga.
A P40-million smuggling case was also filed against a trader and his broker.
Charged for unlawful importation of fireworks worth P40 million were Wilfredo Ong Lapuz, owner of Grinderstone International Trading, and his licensed customs broker Paul Noriel C. Alcantara.
They were both charged for smuggling four 20-footer container vans declared as "Tissue, Switch, Shower Curtains and Faucet" but found to contain fireworks, which arrived at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in November last year.
A P300-million smuggling case was also filed against a customs broker and five officials of a Manila-based trading company.
Charged were IMAX Harbor International Trading Corporation's (IMAX) president and chairman of the board Doroteo Montalbo, his board of directors Rochelle S. Posadas, Jose N. Dizon, Rafael V. Lactao and Elaine D. Wee, and IMAX's licensed customs broker Roger M. Permejo.
On the other hand, the BIR headed by Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, also an attached agency of the DOF, has filed before the DOJ 117 tax evasion cases before President Aquino's 3rd SONA.
According to Henares, they will not stop filing tax evasion cases every two weeks until such time that every Filipino is religiously and dutifully filing his/her tax and in so doing, will redound to the benefit of the citizenry in the forms of projects and programs of government.
As a matter of fact, of the 117 cases, the BIR has filed a P537.58-million tax evasion case against a distributor of Smart and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).
Charged was Severino Cruz Robles, sole proprietor of S. Robles Merchandising (SRM) with business address at No. 390 Ilang Ilang St., Cofradia, Malolos City, Bulacan. He is actually engaged in the business of wholesaling food, beverage and tobacco.
A P5.6-million tax evasion case was also filed against a fruit and vegetable dealer.
Charged was Araceli Bagasbas Duhaylungsod, sole proprietress of Angellan Danila Fruits and Vegetables and Angelland General Merchandise with business address at Alley No. 4, Borbajo St., Talamban, Cebu City.
Duhaylungsod is engaged in the selling of perishable goods, particularly fruits and vegetables, to various hotels and restaurants in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-lapu.
A P9.83-million tax evasion case was also filed against a businessman involved in the alleged helicopter anomaly in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Charged was Hilario B. De Vera, sole proprietor of Manila Aerospace Products Trading (MAPTRA) whose address is in Hangar 10, General Aviation Area, Pasay City, which was involved in an alleged anomalous sale of helicopters to the PNP.
A P215.07-million tax evasion case was also filed against a caterer of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
The BuCor is an attached agency of the DOJ.
Charged was Ziegfried Loo Tian, sole proprietor of Golden Taste Food Services & General Merchandising (Golden Taste) with business address at No. 1013 Juan Luna St., Brgy. 27 Zone 4, Tondo, Manila.
Tian is engaged in the business of food catering and wholesale of general merchandise.
A P46.60-million tax evasion case was also filed against a businessman and a certified public accountant (CPA).
Charged were Alvin V. Esguerra and his CPA Celia P. Mirasol-Gueco. Esguerra is the sole proprietor of Fruiveg Marketing with business address at 257 Leen cor. Sampaguita St., Brgy. Cut-Cut, Angeles City, Pampanga. He is a wholesaler of fruits and vegetables.
Both the BOC and the BIR are targeting to file 26 cases each for smuggling and tax evasion, respectively in the next 365 days.
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