Biazon respects extension of TRO on staff movements-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
THE 20-day extension of the temporary restraining order (TRO) suspending the implementation of Custom Personnel Order (CPO) No. B-189-2013 would likely prolong the uneasiness in the agency, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said Saturday.
However, Biazon said they will abide by the order of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 17 Judge Felicitas Laron-Cacanindin extending the 72-hour TRO issued by RTC branch 22 Judge Marino Dela Cruz Jr. on October 1.
"Of course gaya ng sabi ko basta kautusan ng court we would abide but then this would also extend the tension sa bureau," he said.
"Yun unrest kasi whether they are extended by 17 days they know after 17 days there are still issues to be resolved about the order that were issued by the leadership. Yun lang concern ko parang extended din unrest and uneasiness dito sa bureau," added Biazon who issued the CPO, which temporarily transfers some Bureau of Customs (BOC) collectors to the newly created Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO).
Despite this, Biazon said the operations of the bureau continue.
"Yun lang focus namin continuous operation. Bukod dun wala naman tayo concern. I do not think the collectors would stay and cause trouble. In fact they should even show na naakatulong sila sa pwerto with the extension given to them," he added.
The Customs chief said he call for a command conference to meet with district collectors next week. "I could send out the notices on Monday target ko within the week," Biazon said.
On Friday, Judge Cacanindin has extended the TRO that prevented the transfer of some top BOC officials particularly the port collectors.
"At this point, this court tentatively convinced that the right of the petitioners exists and the implementation of the assailed Customs Personnel Order No. B-189-2013 is violative of petitioners rights," the court said in an order extending the TRO.
In their petition, the 15 BOC officials argued that the CPO violates Executive Order 140 and the Tariff and Customs Code (TCC) since the said EO merely provides for the transfer of BOC personnel to "merely augment and reinforce the organic personnel" of the CPRO as well as the fact that TCC only provides for the authority of the Commissioner to assign any employee to any port, service, division or office with the Bureau and that their assignment is not within the Bureau.
The CPRO was created under the Department of Finance. (FP/Sunnex)