MALACAÑANG on Saturday finally released the appointments of three key officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC), composed of two ‘mistahs’ of Comm. Rey Leonardo ‘Jagger’ Guerrero from the ‘Maharlika’ Class of 1984 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and a veteran district collector of customs.
Based on their appointment papers dated March 6, 2019, confirmed in their positions are former PMA commandant, retired Lt. General Donato San Juan, deputy commissioner for internal administration (IAG) and, former Phil. Army Brigadier General Raniel Ramiro, deputy commissioner for intelligence.
On the other hand, former Port of Manila (POM) and Manila International Container Port (MICP) district collector, Atty. Vener Baquiran, was promoted by Pres. Duterte as deputy commissioner in placed of deputy commissioner for revenue collection and monitoring (RCMG), Jess Fajardo, who had earlier tendered his resignation.
The release of their appointments coincided with the recent successful apprehension by the authorities of at least P1 billion worth of imported shabu at a warehouse in Malabon City, an operation that was overseen by Ramiro on the part of the BoC.
Ramiro and San Juan were among the retired military officers that Guerrero brought with him when he was appointed customs chief by Pres. Duterte in October 2018.
Unknown to many, Ramiro, with the approval of Guerrero, has been working closely with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) since early this year in monitoring the movement of the 146 kilos of illegal drugs that came from Cambodia hidden inside a shipment of ‘tapioca starch.’
On the other hand, Baquiran, as POM district collector, was instrumental in the discovery and subsequent confiscation of the 105 containers of ceramic tiles that was illegally released at the port in March 2018.
Baquiran, sources added, was also instrumental in creating a new collection monitoring system under Guerrero’s office that now enables the customs chief to monitor the bureau’s collection performance in real time.