The National Bureau of Investigation has recommended filing of criminal and administrative charges against Customs chief Rey Guerrero and two other officials for alleged violation of the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act in accrediting at least six ghost importers.
According to a report on the news program “24 Oras,” the NBI said Guerrero, Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Ramil Ramiro and acting officer of the Account Management Office James Joven conspired with six private importers for their accreditation.
The non-existent importers were identified as Gypson International Trading, Blessive Scott International Corporation, Crown Majesty Classic Corporation, Parasol 8 Corporation, Liuzhiga International Trading and Dragonluck Enterprises Co.
The NBI said the six companies were able to ship about P500 million worth of items into the country.
Guerrero said signing the accreditation of the importers was only “ministerial” on his part to end the “consignees for hire modus.”
Joven, for his part, said his office only relied on the documents submitted by the applicant-importers.