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Caught in the act! Customs examiners nabbed for accepting bribe

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By Nancy Carvajal

A long-time Bureau of Customs (BOC) examiner was nabbed by operatives of the BOC’s intelligence group for allegedly accepting a bribe.

James Zuno Caringal, nephew of former state prosecutor Jovencito Zuno, was arrested at his desk inside the BOC’s composite warehouse in Paranaque Friday (January 24).

A National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agent said Caringal’s supervisor, Norsarem Raymond Mamao, was at the office at the time the Customs examiner was apprehended.

Mamao, who was named by Senator Panfilo Lacson as among the corrupt officials inside the BOC, was overheard telling Caringal to “just be cool.”

According to the NBI’s report, agents arrested Caringal after he was seen putting the P20,000 bribe money inside his drawer.

Caringal has been working at the BOC for 19 years. He is now in the NBI’s custody, awaiting inquest proceedings.

Zuno visited his nephew at the NBI’s office but did not ask for any favor from the investigators.

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