DOJ Asec denies intervening for gold, jewelry smugglers

Published May 15, 2018, 4:54 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr. has denied allegations that he has been intervening on behalf of gold and jewelry smugglers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon (Manila Bulletin)
DOJ Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon
(Manila Bulletin)

“As far as I’m concerned I did not do anything wrong,” stressed Macarambon who was ordered to resign by President Rodrigo Duterte over the allegations.

Macarambon explained he only asked the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to recompute the taxes his in-laws should pay over the gold and jewelry they bought worth P7 million.

After being asked to pay P6 million in taxes, Macarambon said his in-laws were only asked to pay P1.38 million following the recomputation.

Meanwhile, Macarambon reminded he already handed his courtesy resignation when Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara ordered all Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretaries and assistant secretaries to hand over their courtesy resignations by April 30.

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Despite this, Macarambon intends to explain his side to the President

“I just want to clear my name,” Macarambon said.

“Kasi yang pag-resign namin nasa kanya na yun (It’s up to him if Duterte accepts my resignation) but I just want to clear my name,” he explained.

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