Air21's Bert Lina returns as Customs chief


Posted at Apr 24 2015 04:42 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2015 12:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines - New Customs chief Bert Lina took his oath this afternoon, just a day after Sunny Sevilla quit, citing political pressures.

Lina took his oath before Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima,

There were questions about a possible conflict of interest because Lina owns Air-21, some of whose shipments pass through Customs.

Purisima said Lina has two months to divest from his company.

"He has to divest. The law gives him 60 days to do it," he said.

Malacanang said laws will be complied with within a reasonable time.

It is Lina's second time as Customs commissioner. He was agency head for a few months in 2005 before resigning together with the so-called Hyatt 10 in protest of alleged election manipulation by then President Gloria Arroyo. - ANC