Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Customs official resigns amid corruption accusation

Photo of Milo Maestrecampo's resignation letter posted on Twitter via ABS CBN - Raph Bosano (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - On Tuesday, Import Assessment Services (IAS) director Milo Maestrecampo has tendered his resignation from the Bureau of Customs after he was accused of pocketing bribe money to process shipments.

His resignation comes amid two legislative inquiries when BOC failed to stop the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China.

On his letter he submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, Maestrecampo told the latter that his name was mentioned by customs broker Mark Taguba, who stands as a witness in a House query investigating Customs employees who are receiving bribes.

Although Taguba later on explained that he did not give money or ever met Maestrecampo in person, the official said that “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," Said by Maestrecampo on his letter.

After the initial statement of Taguba, Maestrecampo immediately denied the accusations.
"You have already destroyed me," he said.

"I am not receiving money from illicit activities I am contented with my sahod (salary)." he added.

Maestrecampo is one of Magdalo members who participated in Oakwood mutiny in 2003, also a former Captain from the Philippine Army's Scout Rangers.