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Bio launched of ex-BOC head

More than four decades in the government service and not a dot to blacken his good name is the legacy of Customs Commissioner Titus B. Villanueva.

In his biography of Villanueva, “From the Ranks,” author Chando Paredes Morallos narrates how Villanueva occupied several sensitive posts in the Bureau of Customs and retired without a single case—administrative or criminal—being filed against him. He was never suspended, grounded, transferred or put on “floating” status throughout his 41 years with the agency, Morallos, formerly of the Manila Bulletin, writes.

Considered the most experienced of all BOC commissioners, Villanueva earned the distinction of being the first rank-and-file employee to climb to the highest post at the bureau in 2001.

During his time, he adjudicated more than 40,000 cases against the Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) and other customs cases without any of his decisions being reversed or overruled by a court or administrative body.

In the book, Villanueva says restoring and strictly implementing the selectivity system, not the abolition of the BOC, is the key to solving graft and corruption at the agency. Nastasha Verayo

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