Veteran journalist and supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao, published an article in order to discuss the unsolved issues surrounding the presidency of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the smuggling that happened then.
Former President Noynoy Aquino / Photo from Inquirer
According to Tiglao, Aquino made a wrong move when he also commented on the issue of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) ignoring a report made by one of their employees about the barrels that hit a Philippine port.
“Tutol si ex-P-Noy sa kautusan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ipasok ang militar sa BOC dahil bawal daw ito. Ang yabang magsalita ng mokong na ito, eh, noong administrasyon niya ay mas talamak ang smuggling,” Tiglao said.
According to Tiglao, Aquino is against President Duterte appointing military personnel in the BOC because it is not allowed there. Tiglao then goes on to say that Aquino is arrogant, then accuses him of having worse smuggling incidents during his time.
P4 trillion smuggled products
He said that since 2010 until the year 2015, over P4 trillion worth of smuggled products entered the Philippines and that his source if from the data of the International Monetary Fund and their Direction of Trade Statistics.
“Mula 2010 hanggang 2015, P4 trilyon ang halaga ng smuggled na mga produkto ang nakalusot sa BOC sa administrasyon ni ex-P-Noy at ang datos na ito ay opisyal at galing sa International Monetary Fund at ang kanilang Direction of Trade Statistics,” Tiglao said.
“Ilang bilyon din ang nawala dahil hindi na napatungan ng excise taxes ang mga produktong petrolyo, luxury goods, alak, sigarilyo at iba pang iniaangkat na produkto,” he added.
The connections between Alvarez and Aquino
Tiglao also questions Aquino’s then appointment of Angelito Alvarez in the BOC when the former president could have chosen Guillermo Parayno who also served during the administration of former president Fidel V. Ramos.
Former Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez / Photo from Inquirer
He then goes on to say that there is a connection between Alvarez and Aquino, saying that the former is close to then Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima who was also close with Aquino.
According to him, it was during Alvarez’ time in the BOC that the smuggling happened, and not just that, but also that there were about 2000 container vans filled with products and goods that were lost.
“Sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Alvarez ng BOC naganap ang misteryosong pagkawala ng 2,000 container vans na puno na imported na mga produkto,” Tiglao said.
“Mula Enero hanggang Mayo 2011, lumabas ng Port of Manila ang container vans na papuntang Port of Batangas. Pero, 309 vans na lang ang umabot sa Batangas.”
“Saan napunta ang iba? Siyempre, itinakas na ito, gayunman, walang kinasuhang sinuman si ex-P-Noy sa krimen at hindi rin kumilos ang Ombudsman noon, ang idol ng mga dilawan na si Conchita Carpio-Morales.”
“Nawalan tuloy ang gobyerno ng P240 milyon na taxes at duties na dapat sana ay nasingil sa mga nawawalang shipment.”
“Pero hindi lang ‘yun, hindi na-inspect ang 2,000 container vans at baka ang laman nito ay mga iligal na droga tulad ng shabu o kaya ay mga high-powered na baril. Kanino kaya napunta ang shipment?”
Former President Noynoy Aquino / Photo from Volatilian
It is also quite obvious that Tiglao does not believe Aquino and his “Tuwid na Daan” slogan, saying that his administration was full people who were corrupt and did nothing but serve themselves and not the Filipino people.
But it was not just Alvarez who was the problem but also Bert Lina who also joined in the Bureau of Customs and that he is allegedly linked to plunder and graft scandals.
But more than that, Tiglao is especially angry that all of these things happened during the administration of Aquino but the opposition Senators especially Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, and Risa Hontiveros were silent on the issue.
“Gayundin, ipokrito ang mga kaalyado niya na sina Senador Kiko Pangilinan, Leila de Lima at Risa Hontiveros sa pagtutol nila sa desisyon ni P-Duterte.”
“Tanong lang, noong talamak ang korupsiyon at smuggling sa BOC ni ex-P-Noy, nag-ingay ba sila? Hindi, sapagkat ang mga dilawan ay pinagtatakpan ang kapwa dilawan,” he said.
Source: Bulgar Online