Only in the Philippines! A Customs security guard is under fire after he was discovered to have stashed away more than P1.9M in different bank accounts under his name.
The Bureau of Customs security guard who works at the Port of Manila has been suspended while under investigation for allegedly amassing illegal wealth while working as a spot checker of shipments with a monthly salary of P14,000.
As per exclusive report by Jun Veneracion on 24 Oras dated June 24, 2019, SG Renly Tiñana has only had one plantilla position at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) since 2002: Security Guard 2.
But that did not stop Tiñana from stashing away nearly P2 million in different bank accounts, a Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) a recent investigation showed.
In an interview by Jun Veneracion of 24 Oras, Customs Assistant Commissioner Jet Maronilla remarked:
“Given ‘yung salary grade niya, if at all, it warrants na kami ay tingnan namin kung ito ba ay naakma sa kakayahan niya o sa kakayahan ng pamilya niya na magkaroon ng ganito kalaking deposits.”
When the CIIS investigators looked into alleged Tiñana’s alleged four bank accounts, to their surprised, they discovered the BOC security guard had almost P1.9 million deposits.
The CIIS investigators’ interest was ticked after a large bank transaction including P2.5 million that was deposited and then withdrawn on the same day.
“Ang naging red flag lang din kasi sa investigation ng CIIS, sa pagkakaalam namin sa report na ginawa nila, eh yung period kasi ng April at saka May, medyo substantial yung transactions ng pag deposito,” said Maronilla.
According to the GMA News article, the BOC has tapped the help of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the bank transactions, the Department of Finance (DOF), (BOC is under the supervision of DOF) to do a lifestyle check and the NBI to do the criminal investigation part.
The lucky break
SG Renly Tiñana’s fate was sealed after a fake employee was arrested on May 20 while on the way to deposit money into the bank accounts of the BOC security guard.
The fake employee was apprehended inside the Port of Manila carrying more than P150,000 in cash, deposit slips and Tiñana’s alleged passbooks.
You may watch the video below, courtesy of GMA News.