The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission initiated a motu proprio investigation for the alleged jewelry smuggling activities in NAIA by high ranking officials in the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other agencies.
Commissioner Greco Antonious Beda B. Belgica presented to the media the alleged plot, after a customs officer and a couple attempted to smuggle 1.9 kilograms of gold jewelry at the NAIA Terminal 3.
The operation led to the arrest of NAIA Customs Operations Officer V: Lomontod Macabando and couple Abraham Mimbalawag and Bang-sa Mimbalawag.
The Commission stated that this operation is only one of many similar smuggling operations happening in NAIA.
“We have reason to believe that they are one organized group doing this, connected to many different offices and taking advantage of the complex systems by using government officers,” said Commissioner Belgica.
Commissioner Belgica added, “They are part of the group that raises funds for certain groups of, pwedeng terrorism, pwedeng insurgents.”
The President then ordered Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon to resign or face termination due to a “trust and confidence” issue.
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