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Friday, 27 March 2015 14:00

Maj. Jerry Loresco (ret.), chief of the Bureau of Customs Investigation Division in Manila, takes over as acting District Customs Collector in Zamboanga, vice Miguelfio Saquisame who has been reassigned to the main office.

Loresco called on Mayor Beng Climaco Thursday morning to introduce himself and to present his priority thrusts.

As this developed, Mayor Climaco welcomed Loresco and expressed support to the latter’s plans and programs,    such as the possible designation of a warehouse for items seized during anti-smuggling campaigns.

Climaco was informed about Loresco’s assignment in Zamboanga by Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa through a text message earlier.

During his courtesy call, Loresco presented to the mayor 3 concerns besetting the local Bureau of Customs that include the warehouse for smuggled goods, barter trade agreement with Malaysia and alternative livelihood for small-time rice traders who are dependent on smuggled rice.

Loresco promised to aggressively pursue anti-smuggling operations in coordination with other concerned agencies.

When asked  how he intends to address earlier issues about lack of coordination between the law enforcement    agencies and the Bureau of Customs, the new acting customs collector said he will gradually liaison with government agencies that are, under the law, part of the government’s anti-smuggling campaign.

“Although we [the Bureau of Customs] is the lead [agency], what we will do is to coordinate efforts so that there will only be one direction,” he explained.

With regards to the issue on the missing sugar in the custody of the Bureau of Customs under then Collector Saquisame, Loresco disclosed that another team is investigating the case, as “the deputy commissioner is not satisfied with the result [of the earlier investigation].

Mayor Climaco has stressed that she holds the local Bureau of Customs under Saquisame accountable for the  missing smuggled sugar. — Sheila Covarrubias