Airport official takes leave after being tagged in Customs corruption

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2017 06:49 PM

MANILA - Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Assistant General Manager Col. Allen Capuyan has filed a leave of absence hours after a customs broker alleged in a Senate probe that he received grease money to smuggle contraband into the country. 

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said Tuesday that Capuyan, head of the agency's Security and Emergency Services division, wants to clear his name after customs broker Mark Taguba tagged him in corruption at a hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. 

"He filed his leave of absence saying he wants to focus his efforts in clearing his name after it was mentioned by Mark Taguba in today's Senate hearing," Monreal said in a statement.

Taguba earlier told lawmakers that a certain "Tita Nani" introduced him to a group led by a certain "Noel" and Capuyan, who allegedly used the alias "Big Brother." 

Taguba said Capuyan sent him an e-mail containing tariff codes that would give him access to the green lane, where shipments undergo minimal inspection. 

Taguba said he remained with Capuyan's group until the Senate and House of Representatives launched separate inquiries into the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu through the Manila port in May.

Monreal said an officer-in-charge who will replace Capuyan during his absence would be appointed on August 23.