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Duterte promotes Baquiran as BOC deputy commissioner after getting sacked for shabu smuggling

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President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted a former Manila International Container Port district collector who was fired last year for the smuggling of billions of pesos in shabu through magnetic lifters.

Duterte appointed Vener Sia Baquiran as one of three new Bureau of Customs deputy commissioners to replace Jesus Fajardo.

Baquiran are among the BOC officials facing graft charges, dereliction of duty and administrative complaints for allowing the consignees of the shabu shipments in the magnetic filters get away.

The other two deputy commissioners are Donato Belmonte San Juan (to replace Gladys F. Rosales), and Raniel Ty Ramiro (to replace Ricardo C. Quinto).

San Juan is a former lieutenant general who used to head the Philippine Military Academy. He was the deputy commissioner for the Customs’ Internal Administration Group prior to his promotion. Ramiro is also a retired general who was acting head of the Customs’ Intelligence Group. Their appointment papers were signed as early as March 6, 2019 but was only released on May 25.

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