Shell vs Biazon and Purisima

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has welcomed the decision of the Ombudsman dismissing the administrative charges filed against him and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima over allegations of negligence for their alleged failure to collect tax payment and surcharges of P1.6 billion from Pilipinas Shell.

“I have always considered cases, such as the complaint of Lourdes Aclan against us, to be part of our job. But we will never allow ourselves to be distracted by such unwarranted complaints in our program to make the BOC a globally competitive trade facilitator and to collect the right duties for all importations,” he added.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales junked the charges against the said officials and Batangas District Collector Rene Benavides after finding the complaint for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act was unsubstantiated.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Aclan, in a complaint of the private citizen, early this year against the respondents for their failure to collect the correct taxes from Pilipinas Shell for alleged misdeclaration of its Alkylate importations from July 2010 to May 2011.

She claimed that because they failed to collect P1.6 billion from the oil firm, it was also the reason the BOC failed to reach its target revenue collection.

“In the interest of the service, these three officials should be immediately removed and charged for refusal to perform their primary duty of raising revenues,” Aclan said.

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