Palace confirms ex-Customs chief resignation-A A +A
Thursday, September 15, 2011
MANILA (Updated 2:06 p.m.) -- A Malacañang official on Thursday confirmed that former Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez resigned a day after his replacement was announced.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda confirmed the resignation of Alvarez a day after Malacañang announced the appointment of former Muntinlupa representative Ruffy Biazon as the next head of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Alvarez's resignation will take effect on Friday, said Lacierda.
Biazon is expected to formally assume the Customs post on Friday after he takes his oath before President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang.
Earlier, Aquino said he will replace Alvarez due to his alleged involvement in various anomalies within the bureau.
Alvarez was linked to a controversy in the BOC involving the 2,000 missing container vans in the Port of Manila, which cost the government more than P240 million in losses in revenues in 2011.
Meanwhile, Aquino administered the oath of office to retired General Danilo “Danny” Lim as Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence of the BOC.
The ceremony took place at the President’s Hall in Malacañang.
In a statement, Lim said "he would use his new mandate to help the incumbent government in effective revenue generation by preventing and suppressing smuggling and other forms of corruption inside the bureau."
He added that corruption has no place in Aquino’s “tuwid na daan.”
Lim was imprisoned during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for leading a military uprising.
Both Biazon and Lim ran for senator under Aquino's Liberal Party during the May 2010 polls but lost.
Biazon is scheduled to take oath on Friday. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)