DOF charges Porsche-riding Customs clerk

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The anti-corruption unit of the finance department has filed corruption charges against a Porsche-riding clerk the Bureau of Customs

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-corruption unit of the finance department has filed corruption charges against a Porsche-riding clerk in the Bureau of Customs.

Paulino Elevado IV, who earns P10,000 a month, was charged before the Office of the Ombudsman last February 17 for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.

Based on the complaint of the Finance department unit RIPS or the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), Elevado failed to disclose in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) two private residences in high-end residential areas in Las Piñas City.

Elevado did report buying a Volvo motor vehicle for P400,000 in his 2003 SALN, but RIPS team said in its Ombudsman complaint that his annual income from 2001 to 2004 only ranged from P71,592 to P73,368.

This translates to a monthly salary of roughly P5,000 to P6,000.

“It is thus inconceivable for a mere Customs Clerk to afford a high-ticket personal vehicle worth P400,000.00 when he had not clearly established other income-generating trade at the time of the said purchase,” said RIPS executive-director Romeo Tomas Jr.

Sports car and a gun

Investigations on Elevado were triggered by a shooting incident last January 21 after a traffic altercation with a 20-year old student on board a Toyota Innova.

CCTV cameras recorded the car chase between Elevado who was driving a Porsche sports car and the student who declined to be named.

Elevado has denied owning the Porsche. – Rappler.com

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