December 20, 2010 press release by the Department of Finance, Bureau of Customs
The Department of Finance through its Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) filed an administrative complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman against Operations Officer V Manuelo G. Algerre of the Bureau of Customs for violations of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and the Revised Penal Code; Perjury and Falsification.
The DOF-RIPS discovered that Algerre made misleading declarations, to the extent of non-disclosing a number of unexplained acquisitions of real property and other landholdings in his sworn Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs), from 1986 up to 2010.
Among other properties, Algerre failed to declare a parcel of land located in Green Plains Subdivision, Barangay Hechanova, Jaro, Iloilo City which was transferred to his spouse’s name as early as 2004, but was only declared in his SALN in 2006.
Moreover, several expensive automobiles with an aggregate value of not less than P6 million consisting of two Mitsubishi vehicles, a Honda CR-V, plus two Sedans—a Mazda and a Toyota Corolla, were not declared on Algerre’s SALN for several years.
According to the travel information obtained by the DOF-RIPS from the Bureau of Immigration, Algerre and his family members were also able to travel to the United States, five times in the last years, notwithstanding his modest monthly income of P20,569.00.
The eradication of corrupt officials and employees from the DOF and its attached agencies (BIR, BOC, etc.) is one of DOF’s top priorities. The public is encouraged to register complaints or report any information against erring personnel of the revenue-generating bureaus and agencies of the government which will aid the DOF-RIPS to investigate unethical and unlawful behavior through its “Pera ng Bayan” website (www.dof.gov.ph).
The DOF assures the public that reports made through the website are treated confidentially in order to protect the informants and to foster a more active participation by concerned citizens in the campaign against graft and corruption.