Subic Customs chief, 5 others reinstated

Subic Customs chief, 5 others reinstated

By Junex Doronio
September 3, 2022

OLONGAPO CITY — Just like the “Wow Mali” reality show, the six officials of the Bureau of Customs Port of Subic (BOC-POS), including District Collector Maritess “Meeks” Martin, who were previously relieved over their alleged involvement in the sugar smuggling worth over P45 million have been reinstated after documents proved that the importation was indeed legitimate.

On Thursday, September 1, BOC Acting Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz said in a statement that he has directed the six officials to return to their posts after the bureau concluded its probe on the shipment of some 7,000 metric tons of refined sugar from Thailand.

“Results of the investigation conducted by the Internal Inquiry and Prosecution Division of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service showed that there was no negligence on the part of the BOC-Port of Subic personnel in the discharge of their duties,” Ruiz admitted.

It can be recalled that Martin and five other BOC-POS officials found themselves “floating” when they were suddenly ordered to report to the Office of the Commissioner (OCOM) while the BOC was probing the 7,000 metric tons of suspected smuggled sugar from Thailand that gained entry into the country last Aug. 18 through an alleged recycled permit from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

Ruiz affirmed that the clearances from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) for the cargo proved to be authentic and not recycled, as first reported after an initial investigation.

In his Aug. 31, 2022 order, the BOC Acting Commissioner said the following will assume their former positions:

  • Maritess Theodossis Martin, district collector
  • Maita Sering Acevedo, deputy collector for assessment
  • Giovanni Ferdinand Aguillon Leynes, deputy collector for operations
  • Belinda Fernando Lim, chief of the assessment division
  • Vincent Mark Solamin Malasmas, enforcement security service commander
  • Justice Roman Silvoza Geli, Customs intelligence and investigation service supervisor.

(ai/mtvn)

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