Mr. Paulino Elevado Has Surfaced, Reported to BOC

By admin On February 7, 2012 Under Bureau of Customs, Governance, Press Statements

Mr. Paulino Elevado, the Customs clerk who was driving a Porsche and chased a couple of youths while shooting at them, has finally surfaced.

Prior to appearing before me at my office, Mr. Elevado contacted me via text and conveyed his desire to explain his side of the story. At that time, I had already given him a deadline to report to me otherwise, he would be declared Absent Without Leave and therefore qualify to be dropped from the rolls of BOC employees.

The Customs Administrative Aide has been under suspension since the time that the incident was made known to me, prior to the media reports that came out. He last reported for work on January 25 and has been absent until today.

Mr. Elevado selectively gave his side of the story, claiming the right to remain silent about certain matters on the advise of his counsel. His lawyer, Atty. Jeff Sarate was not present during our interview of Mr. Elevado.

He will now be assigned to the Human Resource Department to do actual messengerial and clerical work while the investigation is ongoing. I have instructed the appropriate office in the BOC to prepare any and all charges we can file against him under existing laws and regulations applicable to the situation.

As I have stated from the beginning, I will not spare Mr. Elevado from the rightful and legal penalty that he deserves. He has undermined my efforts to reform the Bureau of Customs and has tarnished the name of each and every employee and official of the agency. He offended people who are personally known to me as well as offended society which has been expecting government personnel to be true public servants instead of abusing the authority vested in them.

At this point, I am hoping that the criminal aspect of his case will be pursued not just by the family he and his companion offended, but also by the other appropriate government agencies who can and are mandated to enforce the law.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Aisa de la Cruz
    February 8, 2012
    12:27 am

    Greetings Commissioner Biazon,

    Why not fire him instead? He did something truly wrong.

  2. Kurt
    February 8, 2012
    6:26 pm

    So what happened to the ‘I will crucify him’ statement?

  3. Caesar
    February 9, 2012
    9:39 am

    He and his companion tried to shoot the youths. Isn’t that grounds for removal, let alone criminal assault?

  4. H.R
    February 9, 2012
    10:53 pm

    Wow after committing that heinous act and shaming the institution he works for, he’s still employed. It really pays to work for the government. You can get away with murder. In this case attempted murder.

    Crime… Not only is it more fun in the philippines, the government even coddles crminals.

  5. Ryan
    February 16, 2012
    12:49 am

    Dapat sibakin ant ikulong yan hinayupak na yan.

    Sir, mag check pa kayo sa ibang employee ng BOC super dami diyan liit sahod grabe ang bahay…
    I lifestyle dapat sir…

    • Lee Mendoza
      February 24, 2012
      8:17 am

      I am wondering and I will keep repeating this clamor. Merong mga BOC employees here in Cagayan de Oro City na regularly kumukobra ngh “overtime pay” daw. Di mo naman sila mahagilap dito sa company namin. Meron pa silang pinagawang “Customs Bonded Warehouse Office” na alikabok lang ang laman. Dapat sisibakin na itong mga taong ito para mawala lahat ng privileges nila as government workers. Hamak mo? Overtime lang mas malaki pa ang halaga kesa mga sinasahod ng mga employees namin who have been with the company for 22 years. I wonder if this site is working? May epekto ba ang mga reklamo at comments na pinadala dito?

      June 2, 2012
      12:56 am

      WALA !
      WALA !

  6. Ryan
    February 16, 2012
    1:01 am

    Sir, pag may kaso ang isang employee dapat sibak agad sir para matauhan. Lalo lang lalaki ang ulo ng mga corrupt na hinayupak na elevado. Kamay na bakal dapat sir…

  7. Marco Manalo
    February 25, 2012
    10:41 am

    the guy wasnt terminated because of due process.

  8. Marco Manalo
    February 25, 2012
    10:41 am

    the guy wasnt terminated because of due process.

  9. Pink Turtle
    February 25, 2012
    11:43 am

    So what will happen to him now that he resigned as a government employee? Will the government still push with any investigation about his corrupt practices.

    People know that BOC is a very good place to work if you want to work “extra” money. He might be just a smaller fish, some people there might be more corrupt than him. People like him take the good side out of other government employees who are working diligently.

    • Lee Mendoza
      February 28, 2012
      11:37 am

      Speaking of corrupt, 2 customs employees from Cagayan de Oro came to our office to get their monthly “payolas”. Dalawa palang yan ha? Meron pang dalawang hindi nakakabobra. Sana makakabasa naman and T3 at Imbestigador sa mga hinaing na nandidito.

  10. Domeng Reyes
    March 2, 2012
    11:45 pm

    This country is not going to move and it will sink continuously in the abyss of corruption. Whatever change is happening its not going to affect anything.

    I don’t see any improvements in the BOC as what i had experienced. Corruption is now the lifeblood of this country. Nothing is going to change in the next century.

    Its kinda disappointing isn’t it?

  11. Juan Dela Kurakot
    April 7, 2012
    5:42 am

    Do you think that I would stop asking for Lagay. As I said before, Lagay is My Guy. I am not the only one that asks for pa snack naman sir. Everyone knows how low our salaries are at the BOC. 10,000 pesos cannot buy you much nowadays. If you think we are content in this
    amount then you IDIOTS are very wrong. We will find ways to inflate the value of goods that entered the country so we could make the duty rates higher. You , the payer, will be forced to
    negotiate a lower amount and I, depending how I feel that day will accept your gifts .
    The only way this could be removed is by implementing a US Customs Style and hire new
    workers that are truly clean. Any Filipinos that have moral and clean character should apply.

  12. Jing
    May 1, 2012
    3:49 am

    The only way to have clean Customs is fire everybody and hire fresh ones. If you introduce honesty to the Bureau of Customs, the entire agency will collapse.

  13. Hilda
    May 8, 2012
    5:41 am

    As usual in our phil. government this issue has already been forgotten and now Mr. Elevado is back in business.

  14. Eric P. Patton
    May 13, 2012
    10:41 am

    If you truly intend to clean up the “mess” known as BOC I wish you all the best!
    As a foreigner, now a permanent resident for more than 10 years I have seen corruption first hand and as much as I hate to admit it to your face sir, your agency has been the worst!
    Let me provide you a few examples:
    1) Upon marrying my wife, a Filipina, and receiving my 13a Immigration status I shipped a 40 foot shipping container with a bonded and licensed importer/exporter as my agent after meeting with the Dept of Finance and walking through a complete Bill of Lading, itemized box by box, and once I received permission to ship I notified my agent and provided all the paperwork.
    Upon arrival, BEFORE MY AGENT OR MYSELF WERE NOTIFIED, the BOC had hammered 4 locks off the container, ruining 4 locks valued in excess of P900/ea, and permanently damaging the locking mechanism to a $6,000.00USD shipping container! This act, opening an international shipment WITHOUT the owner or agent in attendance IS A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW!! Myself or my agent would have gladly opened said container for inspection but were never even given the chance!! Arrogance, just plain ARROGANCE on the part of the BOC and it’s employees!
    2) A recent “care package” was sent by my parents for my birthday, retail value of items in the box were less than $40USD, by the time your “thugs” were done rifling through the contents and breaking three of the items I was told that I owed BOC in excess of P3,500, more than the total value of the box PLUS shipping! Just a note here, sir, I don’t care how many “fees” you break your total up into, it’s the total that matters!
    Finally, I am planning a trip back to the states and will need to bring some things back with me (among them replacements for the items damaged by your employees) and it scares me to death! It really feels like appearing before the Nazi SS outside Auschwitz, these people are answerable to no one! I feel just like I do when I appear in front of Bureau of Immigration employees, like an open wallet!
    My question sir, just what do I have to do? I tried doing my due diligence but have noticed that absolutely NONE of the BOC websites work, guess that makes it easier for the “thugs” to remain unquestioned!
    Can I videotape my encounter with your agents? Will BOC provide me an “itemized declaration” of how they arrived at the duty owed? Where can I see an itemized list of what the allowable duty is on a given item?
    In short, I think that the government of the Philippines has a lot of damn gall to be asking for no import tariffs to be charged on textiles imported from the Philippines when you are treating Americans in the way I have been treated. Please be advised that a copy of this blog entry is being sent to the attention of the US Department of State so that our trade negotiators are aware of how your government operates it’s customs facilities, and negotiate accordingly.
    I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you could provide me sir on my upcoming return to the Philippines and suggestions on how to ensure that your employees enforce the regulations fairly and in accordance with the law. You have my e-mail address…

      June 2, 2012
      1:12 am

      What about those customs employees who died while performng their mandated duties ? Who knew ? What happen ?
      Southern Philippines. PORT OF . . . a collector of Customs was gunned down by a lone gunman or bodyguard of a known smuggler . This happened after the Commissioner of Customs ordered the collector to send the seized container vans to manila, and then bang ! bang ! bang ! the gunman was a PNP . amen

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