Outgoing Philippine Bureau of Customs commissioner Alberto Lina and two ex-officials face graft and plunder cases.
According to Atty. Harry Roque of the Kabayan Partylist now elected congressman, Lina as never divested his business interest instead directly uses his position to amass multi-billion deals with the bureau for the benefit of his 17 companies.
The Commissioner faces charges of criminal conflict of interest, dishonesty, grave abuse of power and criminal neglect, graft and corruption, and plunder filed at the Ombudsman and Manila courts. Graft and corruption cases were also filed for Former Commissioner Guillermo Parayno and former deputy Commissioner Primo Aguas.
According to Roque’s client, Omni Prime Marketing representative Annabelle Margaroli, that Lina’s arbitrariness in annulling the contract would only benefit E-Konek Pilipinas, one of the six companies owned by the controversial customs chief, which directly transact business with the BOC.
Margaroli stated that Lina still owns a 96.48 percent stake of E-Konek and the company has been earning more or less P500-Million annually as a service provider for the bureau’s existing processing system since 2007.
Omni Prime Marketing has been bidding on a new integrated system that would modernize the existing BOC’s processing in a matter of seconds and would as well curve corruption in the bureau.
The proposal, after passing 7 months of rigorous bidding under former BOC Commissioner John Sevilla, Commissioner Lina, cancelled the project on the 10th-day he assumes office because it was no longer needed and the proposal needs further review.
Lina was also allegedly involve in other two anomalous projects such as the release of GMA Network’s broadcast equipments using fake import permits and Zest Air 711 missing P1.5-Billion airplane spare parts, both handled by Lina’s corporations -2100 Customs Brokers, U-Freight, and Nague Malic Magnawa & Associates (linked to missing Zest Air airline parts).
Roque added further that the government might have loss over P50-Million on taxes and that Lina might have cancelled the contract in order to gain P100-Million annually with the present computer system.
Customs media head, Belle Maestro, denied Roques allegations, saying that Lina has divested all his assets that were in conflict with his role as Customs commissioner.
According to the report, of the 17 companies that Lina owned, six have continued to reap benefits from their direct transactions with the bureau.
SEC records as of Jan. 14, 2016, show Lina, his family and crony former Customs commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr. remained in control over E-Konek Pilipinas Inc., 2100 Customs Brokers, Inc., U-Freight Philippines, Inc., Nague Malic Magnawa & Associates, LGC Logistics Inc., Air 21 Global, Inc., New Ocean, Linaheim Corporate Services Inc., Linaheim Travel & Tours Inc., Dynamic Outsource Solutions, Inc., UBE Media Inc., Waste & Resource Mgt. Inc., Solar Lina Energy System Corp., Go 21 Inc., Integrated Waste Mgt. Inc., Lina Farm and Food Services Corp. and Credit Solutions and Business Alliances Inc.