2 of Customs ‘3 Kings’ vacate posts-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
TWO of the so-called "Three Kings" in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has vacated their respective posts following a recent court order that allows the transfer of all the 27 port collectors at the Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO).
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon confirmed that former Port of Manila collector Rogelio Gatchalian and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) collector Carlos So already vacated their respective offices and turned over their posts to the designated officers-in-charge by the bureau.
He said that aside from the two, some of the 13 collectors who questioned the implementation of Customs Personnel Order (CPO) B-189-2013 before the Manila Regional Trial Court branch 17 already reported to the CPRO.
"The person signing now (in the airport) is OIC collector (Nerza) Rebustes. Nag report na siya sa akin kahapon," Biazon said.
He added that Gatchalian also already packed-up things in his office to make way for his replacement. "Nagligpit na siya ng gamit," he said.
Biazon added they will once again inspect the vacated offices in NAIA and Port of Manila to ensure a smooth transition.
"I have not felt any defiance as of now. The impression that I got is that the majority if not all are willing to report to the CPRO," Biazon said.
He also dismissed the spreading rumor that there is a stand-off among collectors who doesn't want to give up their post.
The transfer of the 27 port personnel to the newly created office is sanctioned by Malacanang as part of the agency's wide-ranging reform. (Sunnex)