The Standard – WITH less than a month before the Duterte administration takes over, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina usurped the authority of the Philippine Ports Authority by entering into a midnight deal to allow Manila North Harbour Port Inc. to engage in international trade, a Customs official said Thursday.
On June 2, 2016, Lina issued Customs Memorandum Order 12-2016 ordering the bureau to assume jurisdiction over MNHPI to operate as an authorized Customs facility or ACF and permitting the company to engage in international trade when it has an existing exclusive contract with the PPA only to engage in domestic trade, the source said.
Lina invoked Republic Act 10668, allowing foreign vessels to transport and co-load foreign cargoes for domestic transshipment and RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act
“This is not only a midnight deal, it is a sweetheart deal. Lina invoked RA 10863 in an internal memo issued on June 2 to allow MNHPI to engage in international trade. The public hearing on RA 10863’s IRR is set on June 10 yet Lina is already invoking the law in granting concessions to MNHPI,” the Customs official, who requested anonymity, the source said.
Source: The Standard
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