A Customs official said the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. will be facing a P24-billion technical smuggling case for failing to pay the right amount of tax.

A radio report said that the filing of charges rooted from the misclassification and misdeclaration of its unleaded gasoline importations from August 2005 to May 2009.

Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioner Lito Alvarez said among the officials facing charges included Nigel Avila, Shell's country tax manager, Brian Chris Acosta, Caroline Francisco, among others.

Report said that the oil firm cheated the government amounting to P2 billion worth of excise tax. (Sunnex)