Customs official quits amid corruption allegation


Posted at Aug 08 2017 05:29 PM

MANILA - Import Assessment Services (IAS) director Milo Maestrecampo has resigned from the Bureau of Customs on Tuesday after a broker accused him of pocketing bribe money to process shipments.

In a letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Maestrecampo said his name was mentioned Monday by customs broker Mark Taguba, who claimed in a House inquiry that he had been giving bribes to a group of IAS officials. 

Although Taguba later clarified that he did not give grease money or ever met Maestrecampo, the official said "it was too late" because he was already dragged into the corruption scandal. 

"In order to fight for my honor and integrity and in the name of 'delicadeza,' I hereby tender my resignation and submit to investigations in order to clear my name," Maestrecampo's letter read. 

 Maestrecampo, one of the former Magdalo soldiers appointed to the BOC, earlier denied Taguba's accusation. 

"You have already destroyed me," he said. "I am not receiving money from illicit activities I am contented with my sahod (salary)."

His resignation comes amid 2 legislative inquiries into the failure of the Bureau of Customs to intercept a P6.4-billion illicit drug shipment last May.