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VIRAL: Korean tourist shares bad experience in Clark airport

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

It is SeonKyung's first time to visit the Philippines, and says that she never wants to come back again

Duterte bans auctioning of smuggled goods

Feb 13, 2018 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says corrupt employees in the auctions division in the Bureau of Customs are in cahoots with importers who pose as bidders during auctions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña as they inspect the smuggled vehicles before they were destroyed at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Also joining the President are Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pimentel: Why not sell smuggled luxury cars to foreign buyers?

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

'The proceeds can be used to help calamity victims,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

DESTROYED. A bulldozer runs over smuggled luxury vehicles at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Duterte appoints new Customs officials

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The new appointees include former regional chiefs of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte has named new top officials to the revenue agency. Photo from PhotoPhilia (Wikipedia Takes Manila participant)

Bureau of Customs warns against dealing with these 7 fixers

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Richard Rebong 'deplores the reckless manner' of accusing him of being a fixer without a formal investigation and a chance to clear his name

Court orders arrest of Mark Taguba, middlemen in shabu smuggling

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

No bail is recommended for Customs broker Mark Taguba and several others facing charges

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Faeldon gets 'no special treatment' in jail – BJMP

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is transferred from the Senate to the Pasay City Jail, while his petition remains pending before the Supreme Court

TRANSFERRED. Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is escorted by police and Senate security during his transfer to the Pasay City Jail on January 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Chinese linked to P6.4-B smuggled shabu denies bribing BI to leave PH

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Richard Tan's lawyer says his client was not informed by the DOJ that an Immigration lookout bulletin was already issued against him

NOT INFORMED? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, says he wasn't informed a lookout bulletin was issued against him. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

8 legal stories to keep an eye on in 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

From complaints against former president Benigno Aquino III to controversies at the Bureau of Customs, here are high-profile cases to watch this year

Bureau of Customs eyes full automation in 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña warns erring officials, 'Wait until I catch up with all of you. I am strict with my one-strike policy'

CUSTOMS CHIEF. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena addresses the Bureau of Customs during turnover ceremonies at the BOC headquarters on August 30, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Case vs Trillanes, CPP vs Duterte, Trump on climate change | Evening wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio file civil case vs Trillanes

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:39 AM

'It's nothing but another harassment suit because our corrupt and coopted justice system have become the refuge of the Duterte scoundrels,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of the case filed against him

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gov't deficit narrows in November on 16% higher collections

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:45 PM

This offset the 10% increase in government spending for the month, but the year-to-date deficit is still wider by 4% compared to the same period in 2016

P17.5M worth of shabu sent through FedEx turned over to PDEA

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs also turns over to PDEA the two suspects who claimed the contraband from the FedEx warehouse

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

BOC posts record high P46.47-B collection in November

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:35 PM

The Bureau of Customs posts its highest collection ever after it surpasses revenue targets in Batangas, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, and Davao

NEW CUSTOMS CHIEF. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena addresses the Bureau of Customs during turnover ceremonies at the BOC headquarters on August 30, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Leftist ‘legal fronts,’ Roque rides MRT, Go’s heroics | Evening wRap

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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Senators slam DOJ for clearing Faeldon in P6.4-B shabu mess

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:43 PM

'Ang tanong ngayon, sino na ang responsable sa pagpasok ng P6.4 billion shabu, yung security guard ng Customs? Mr. Duterte, pinagloloko mo yung mga tao,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Malacañang defends reappointment of customs officials tagged as corrupt

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The reappointment of Ariel Nepomuceno and Teddy Raval indicates they are cleared of involvement in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling scandal, at least, in the eyes of President Rodrigo Duterte, says Malacañang

DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Customs bureau foils smuggling of wildlife species

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

7 packages bound for Taiwan contain 123 Chinese softshell turtles mixed with live eels, says the Bureau of Customs

SEIZED. A turtle (pictured above) is among the species seized from packages bound for Taiwan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from Bureau of Customs PIAD

PDEA seizes P15-M shabu from convicted 'drug queen', daughter

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency gets a big catch at the start of the week

SEIZED. Authorities acquire shabu from alleged drug queen and her daughter. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Customs officials open to lifestyle checks

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:43 PM

The BOC officials, however, say that the bureau should not be singled out

Bautista, Gordon on Faeldon, Trump | Midday wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Gordon puts blame on Taguba as 'central figure' in BOC corruption

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says charges should be filed against fixer Mark Taguba, adding that he was 'less than forthright' in the hearings

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

38 officials affected in latest Bureau of Customs reshuffle

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Eight district collectors and 30 section chiefs are relieved from their post, while 3 PDEA officials join the bureau

Drilon vows to block BOC budget over lack of pre-shipment inspection

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

'I have no qualms in saying that I have not opposed the approval of any budget here in my 19 years. But this time I will put my foot down,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Robredo, Faeldon, Paddock | Midday wRap

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Faeldon says DOJ has no jurisdiction over drug complaint against him

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:05 PM

In his motion asking the DOJ to dismiss the complaint, the former BOC commissioner says it is the Office of the Ombudsman which has jurisdiction

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Small Abellera mulls ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City councilor, among those tagged in alleged customs corruption, reports back to work a week after he was stripped of chairmanship and membership in city council committees

SENATE APPEARANCE. Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, in this file photo from August 31, 2017, appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that got past the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lacson files graft, economic sabotage complaint vs Faeldon

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon should face life imprisonment for alleged 'large-scale' smuggling of rice

SMUGGLING. Senator Panfilo Lacson files a complaint for graft and economic sabotage against Nicanor Faeldon and others allegedly involved in rice smuggling. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson, Sereno, Paras | Evening wRap

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

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Senate ethics panel puts on hold Faeldon's complaints

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:50 PM

'Hindi mo kami kinikilala eh, 'Di mo nirerespeto Senado, ba't namin irerespeto complaint mo?' says Senate Majority Leader and ethics panel chair Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Special stop orders' under Faeldon used for 'doble tara' – Lacson

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the scheme is among the 'mysteries' under former Customs chief Faeldon's administration

'DOBLE TARA.' Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the issuance of special stop orders during the stint of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Senate PRIB

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) This is the second ethics complaint filed against a senator by the former Customs commissioner, who has strongly refused to face a Senate investigation into drug smuggling and BOC corruption

ETHICS CASE. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon files an ethics complaint against his former friend Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte to Paolo: If you're guilty, I'll order you killed

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll protect police if they catch his eldest son committing a crime

ACCUSED. Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte attends the Senate hearing on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment smuggled from China, September 7, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No proof linking Davao Group to P6.4-billion shabu shipment – Gordon

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the shabu smuggled from China, and will now focus on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DRUG SMUGGLING. The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon to summon judge for failing to order destruction of 890 kilos of shabu

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'Mandatory 'yun eh. He's violating the law. In fact, the Supreme Court should file charges against him,' says Senator Richard Gordon on San Juan City Regional Trial Court Judge Jovencio Gascon

PDEA files complaint vs Faeldon, 11 others over smuggled shabu

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The respondents face a string of complaints, such as allegedly conspiring to import illegal drugs, protecting drug traffickers, and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act

COMPLAINTS. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others face complaints over the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Lacson

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The former Bureau of Customs chief files an ethics complaint against the senator for the lawmaker's privilege speech implicating him in corrupt practices inside the bureau

Trillanes, Reynaldo de Guzman, Faeldon | Evening wRap

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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From Hello Garci to 'Big Brother': Who is Allen Capuyan?

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:22 PM

A 2005 Newsbreak report identifies retired Colonel Allen Capuyan as the number one suspect behind wiretapping operations conducted by an army unit during the Arroyo administration

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate detains Faeldon for refusing to face BOC corruption probe

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not disrespecting the Senate despite his insistence that he would not face the probe because of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte, Gordon, Hurricane Irma | Midday wRap

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:50 PM

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Gordon puts Taguba under Senate 'protection' again

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon takes back his earlier decision to remove Mark Taguba s protection and says that had nothing to do with Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Faeldon: 'I'll gladly stay in jail' than attend Senate probe

Sep 08, 2017 - 12:12 PM

By Monday I will go to the Senate and have myself arrested but I will not go to attend the hearing says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon

DENIAL. Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon maintains his innocence amid corruption allegations. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'The boy with the drogang tattoo': Netizens share Paolo Duterte memes

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Twitter users speculate over the alleged ink Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has on his back

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler