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DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

While two House committees clear former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña, they recommend criminal charges against several others linked to the smuggling

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte still trusts Lapeña despite NBI graft complaints

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's basis for continuing to trust TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña? 'Because he (Duterte) knows him personally. He has worked with him and he trusts him,' says Malacañang.

Customs Commissioner Isidro La Pena during hearing in Congress on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langir/Rappler

Lapeña faces graft complaints over shabu shipment mess

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

This is the first time that complaints are filed against Isidro Lapeña for the billions of pesos worth of shabu which slipped past the Bureau of Customs

COMPLAINT. Former Customs chief Isidro  faces complaints of graft, dereliction of duty and grave misconduct over the multibillion shabu shipment mess. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gordon clears Lapeña of crime in P11-B missing shabu controversy

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:06 PM

'Tinanggal na eh,' says Senator Richard Gordon on former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

NO CRIME? Isidro Lapeña is cleared of criminal charges by Senator Richard Gordon. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Nov 13, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Nov 13, 2018 - 1:18 PM

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Despite NBI graft complaint, Duterte still trusts Lapeña – Panelo

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says since there is no final verdict yet on Isidro Lapeña's guilt or innocence, he has a 'right to be presumed innocent.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with newly-appointed Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Isidro Lapeña and his family following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the BGen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on October 30, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lapeña faces graft complaint over release of tile shipment

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

According to the NBI’s investigation report, Lapeña committed graft, gross neglect of duty, and grave misconduct for not following established Customs rules

GRAFT. Former Customs Commissioner and now TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña faces a graft complaint over alleged negligence in the illegal release of tile shipments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Barbers clears Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on dangerous drugs says command responsibility does not apply to former customs chief Isidro Lapeña either

MOVING ON. Amid the shabu smuggling controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte moves customs chief Isidro Lapena (left) to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, giving him a Cabinet-rank position. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Oct 31, 2018 - 2:22 PM

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Lapeña leaves Customs: 'I did what I needed to do'

Oct 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

Isidro Lapeña says he is leaving the Bureau of Customs 'knowing I have done the right thing, the right way'

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Lapeña no-show in Senate P11-B shabu probe

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon says ex-Customs chief Isidro Lapeña cited his turn over to his successor as reason for his absence but the ceremony is scheduled a day after the Senate hearing

EX-CUSTOMS CHIEF. Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena skips the Senate hearing on the missing P11-billion shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says military men to 'take over' Customs

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:00 AM

'It will be a takeover of the Armed Forces in the matter of operating...while we are sorting out how to effectively meet the challenges of corruption in this country,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At the Bureau of Customs: How Isidro Lapeña was outplayed

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The former Customs chief is, however, 'promoted' amid the biggest drug smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration

PROMOTED OUT. Isidro Lapeña is sent out to a higher office after controversy sparked during the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. BOC PIAD Photo.

A new customs chief, DFA chief, spokesman a year for Duterte

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Less than 3 years in power, President Rodrigo Duterte has already had 3 BOC commissioners, 3 presidential spokesmen, and 3 foreign secretaries

Lapeña’s exit from Customs not due to smuggled shabu controversy

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Malacañang believes Isidro Lapeña is the target of a 'vilification campaign' launched by drug syndicates and corrupt Bureau of Customs personnel

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte 'recycled' Lapeña to prevent shabu probe backlash – lawmakers

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Opposition lawmakers say President Duterte has given government positions to former military and police officers 'not suited for the jobs they are rewarded with'

ON TO TESDA. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena attends the September 27, 2018 House probe into the multi-billion pesos worth of missing shabu smuggled into the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte moves Lapeña to TESDA, names Guerrero new Customs chief

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:37 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also orders all Customs personnel to be placed on 'floating status' so the incoming chief can freely choose his people

Customs Commissioner Isidro La Pena during hearing in Congress on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langir/Rappler

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Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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Duterte to Lapeña and Aquino: Stop blaming each other

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte praises his two appointees but admits illegal drugs got past both of them

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (left) and PDEA Director Aaron Aquino on September 27, 2018, during the Committee on Dangerous Drugs hearing in Congress into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lapeña changes tune: I believe magnetic lifters contained drugs

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'Talagang may nakalusot nga. But of course, ito ay, it was a very sophisticated way of shipment ng mga drug syndicates,' says Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

CHANGE OF TUNE. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapenña at the House of Representatives. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Lapeña, Mangaoang to face off in House shabu probe

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:14 AM

An internal conflict at the Bureau of Customs shakes up the probe into the missing shabu

INTERNAL CONFLICT. Bureau of Customs chief Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is set to face his harshest critic inside his own agency, Lourdes Mangaoang. September 19, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lapeña: I spoke with Duterte. I stay.

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

'I have a marching order that I still have to accomplish,' says Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

NO RESIGNATION. Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says he stays as the chief of the Bureau of Customs for now. File photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division

Lapeña fired Customs ‘whistleblower’ before Senate testimony

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:12 AM

Rappler learns that Customs chief Isidro Lapeña sacked Lourdes Mangaoang from her NAIA post days prior to her Senate testimony. She contested the order.

TESTIMONY. Lourdes Mangaoang, NAIA Deputy Collector for Passenger Service of the Bureau of Customs during the continuation of the Senate hearing P6.8 billion shabu shipment on September 26, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDEA pushes link between seized drugs, 'missing' shabu

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says findings from a test indicate the empty magnetic lifters found in Cavite contained illegal drugs. But the Bureau of Customs disagrees.

EMPTY. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lapeña cries foul as PDEA boosts theory P6.8-B shabu slipped past Customs

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:55 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino offers analysis of 'oversupply' and a match test, but Customs chief Isidro Lapeña says they are imprudent speculations

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon tells Customs chief: Fire your officials, they're 'incompetent'

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'Incompetent ang mga tao mo, palitan mo 'yan. Mapapahamak ka,' Senator Richard Gordon says to Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

REPLACEMENT TIME. Senator Richard Gordon advises Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña to choose the officials he works with wisely. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte trusts Lapeña despite entry of P6.8B worth of shabu

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The President expects better coordination between the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After shabu shipment bust, Lapeña asks PDEA, PNP to share intel

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says PDEA only informed the Bureau of Customs about the P6.8-billion shabu shipment almost a month after it slipped past authorities at the Manila International Container Port

'TIMELY INTEL SHARING.' Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2018, about the ongoing investigation of the intercepted shabu shipment at the MICP. Photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division

Customs forfeits $11-million SkyJet plane

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) SkyJet Airlines says its new management 'is committed to correcting the previous management’s erroneous practices and has proceeded to strictly comply with all applicable regulatory laws and regulations'

Customs chief Lapeña suspends 5 BOC officers in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Using fake papers, over a hundred containers are released from the Mindanao International Container Terminal in the past 6 months

BUSTED. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña (left) and Cagayan de Oro BOC Collector Jamail Marohomsalic show one sack of smuggled white sugar from Thailand. The smuggled goods were seized happened at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

P20-M worth of shabu seized in Makati, Manila

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says authorities nabbed the suspects on Friday afternoon, April 27, following a tip from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

SEIZED. Two of the packets of shabu nabbed from suspects Antonio Lobiano Baguinbin and Gundelina David on April 27, 2018. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

BOC files smuggling charges vs 2 ATI officials, importers

Apr 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says there will also be an investigation into the possible involvement of customs personnel in the illegal release of 105 containers

SHIPMENTS. In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Undeclared Korean SUV found in shipment at Davao port

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Findings of an x-ray scan conclude a vehicle was placed in between declared items. The scan is verified on Wednesday during a physical inspection.

SMUGGLED. Customs officials find an undeclared Hyundai sports-utility vehicle stuffed in between a used dump truck and a tractor head. Photo from BOC Davao

Customs assigns new district collectors in 'major reshuffle'

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The Bureau of Customs appoints new district collectors in areas where the February collection target was not met

Customs employees to get P1.4M incentive each if...

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Customs chief Isidro Lapeña says the bureau has to sustain until yearend the P2-billion monthly collection surplus it has registered so far

Customs set to destroy 22 more luxury vehicles

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Consignees of the vehicles, which include Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Toyota Land Cruisers, have until February 24 to appeal their destruction

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

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

P34 million in shabu seized in Cavite

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The two suspects were identified as 37-year-old Taib Paidlac Suriong III and 35-year-old Maurica Nadal de Padua, listed as drug personalities

SEIZED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-NCR and PDEA-Region III seized approximately P34 million in methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu on Wednesday, January 24. Photo from PDEA

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

P83M smuggled rice from China seized in Cebu

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:26 AM

The shipment is declared as ceramic tiles but further examination show that the vans contain mostly rice

INTERCEPTED. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena inspects the smuggled rice in Cebu. Photo by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

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

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

PDEA officer in Valenzuela drug raid eyed for customs post

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:59 PM

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena says he also intends to appoint two other PDEA officers to hold critical posts within the BOC

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

New Customs chief vows ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:50 PM

If you are not with me step aside because I am looking to steamroll major changes across the bureau new Customs chief Isidro Lapeña warns BOC officials and employees

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

Duterte wants Customs 'revamped, revitalized'

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:44 PM

In due time I will ask for the neck of those involved says President Rodrigo Duterte of the multibillion peso shabu shipment smuggled from China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview with the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Malago Clubhouse, Malacañang Park in Manila on August 21, 2017, announces that he is searching for a competent secretary who will replace former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. He added that he is looking for an official who has a genuine empathy for the poor and marginalized and is committed to addressing their plights. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Faeldon: 'My relief from my post is best for the country'

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon urges everyone to support his successor Isidro Lapeña

CORRUPT? Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon denies ever receiving money in the BOC. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Faeldon out, Lapeña to head Customs

Aug 21, 2017 - 10:30 PM

President Duterte however says he continues to believe in Faeldon and is open to assigning him to another government post

FAELDON OUT. Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon (seated) listens to President Rodrigo Duterte's speech at the Bureau of Customs anniversary in February 2017. Malacañang file photo

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