FORMER Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña has been charged with graft before the Department of Justice in connection with the 105 containers of ceramic tiles that mysteriously disappeared from the Bureau of Customs compound last March.
In a 35-page complaint, the NBI charged Lapeña along with several John and Jane Does with violation of Section 3, Paragraph (e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Also, the NBI administratively charged Lapeña, who was recently appointed as director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, with gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct.
Last March a total of 105 containers of ceramic tiles from China and other imported products disappeared from the BoC despite an “alert order” preventing their release.
But Lapeña claimed that out of 105 containers, 85 had already been recovered in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Also, the remaining 20 were likewise recovered.
Lapeña was transferred to TESDA last month, amid the legislative inquiry into the alleged smuggling of billions of pesos worth of shabu into the country.
Appointed to replace him was former Armed Forces chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero.