SC dismisses Customs deputy collector
Manila (12 November) -- The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman, finding Matilda Concepcion Millare guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty, imposing the penalty of dismissal from government service with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification to hold public office.
A Special Deputy Collector in the Bureau of Customs assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Department of Finance's Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) found that Millare was able to accumulate substantial properties, real and personal, from years 1978 to 2004. These include a house and lot in Cubao, Quezon City, agricultural lots in Zambales and Sorsogon, and a high-class residence in Valle Verde.
In addition, Millare also owned various vehicles including a Honda Civic, a Nissan Exalta, a Honda CRV, several trucks and vans used for business purposes, a speedboat, and other luxury automobiles inclusive of a 2002 Mitsubishi Pajero and 2004 Toyota RAV4. These vehicles, despite being LTO-registered under Millare's name, were not reflected in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Furthermore, several loans in her SALN were cited with a number of falsities and misinterpretations.
Millare appealed before the Supreme Court by way of Petition for Review on Certiorari but was denied due to her failure to sufficiently show any reversible error in the challenged decision of both the Office of the Ombudsman and the Court of Appeals.
Last October 28, four Customs officials were suspended from a case filed by DOF-RIPS in 2009 due to an alleged conspiracy that effected an illegal and fraudulent misdeclaration of six thousand and eight hundred (6,800) bags of imported refined sugar as'soy beans'. Atty. Eden Andal (Acting Chief, Public Private Bonded Warehouse Division), Gregorio Magat (Principal Customs Appraiser), Melchor Rabo (Principal Customs Examiner), and Jennifer Namuag (Customs Examiner) are facing administrative charges for gross misconduct and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. (PIA-MMIO) [top]