MANILA, Philippines – A senior Customs official has proposed the online auction of seized goods to keep syndicates from rigging the process.
Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jessie Dellosa, who heads the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Committee on Disposal of Abandoned Containers, said he would propose this to Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
“The problem is there are auction syndicates wherein they rig the process, the bidders would talk among themselves and strategize the placing of bids, and arrange who would be the winner,” Dellosa said.
He said his office will decide on whether the proposed online auction will be supervised by the BOC or an outsourced company.
Dellosa’s proposal is based on his findings that revenue losses of the agency partly stemmed from rigged auctions.
Transparent, competitive bidding
Dellosa offered another benefit of an online auction: more prospective bidders at home and abroad can join it.
The former Armed Forces chief added that an online auction promotes transparency and fosters “competitive bidding.”
“There would no longer be collusion between the bidders. There would no longer be any monopoly,” Dellosa added.
In an online auction, interested bidders will set the floor price, check photos and videos of seized goods, and then outdo the highest bidder over a specific period.
A few days ago, Faeldon said he was recommending to auction off the M/V Captain Ufuk H8EH, a ship apprehended in August 2009 in Bataan.
The ship was nabbed for carrying rifles and high-powered firearms worth P25 million.
Holding public auctions for seized goods is allowed under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016. – Rappler.com