Latest Stories

Trader guilty of tax evasion


Ruffy Biazon, Customs, Fake Chinese Beer

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said Roel Paquit Sayson had been found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of violating the Tariff and Customs Code for declaring a shipment of 15 cars as replacement parts for used trucks in February 2008. FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday announced that it had secured its first conviction in the Court of Tax Appeals—that of a trader who had tried to defraud the government of taxes and duties totaling P1.7 million by misdeclaring a vehicle shipment from South Korea four years ago.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said Roel Paquit Sayson had been found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of violating the Tariff and Customs Code for declaring a shipment of 15 cars as replacement parts for used trucks in February 2008.

Sayson was meted out a penalty of eight to 12 years’ imprisonment and a fine of P8,000, Biazon said.

Records showed that Sayson declared in two bills of lading that he was importing truck parts but it was found that the shipment consisted of 12 Kia Sportage SUVs. Another bill of lading indicating used truck parts from Korea was found to actually be three Hyundai Galloper SUVs.

The taxes and duties for the imported items totaled P1,779,770.61.

Biazon said Sayson’s conviction was a result of the efficient handling and prosecution of the case by the legal service lawyers under the BOC’s Run After the Smugglers (RATS) program.

He said the conviction sent a strong signal to the public that the BOC was focused on an “unrelenting and unwavering” campaign against customs violators and other tax cheats.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bureau of Customs , Court of Tax Appeals , Global Nation , Roel Paquit Sayson , South Korea , Tax Evasion , Vehicle Shipment

  • pfc_kulapu

    Galunggong ang nahuli. Sana mga Tuna…..

  • MrJoseRizal

    From time to time, kumakatay sila ng isang maliit na manok at ialay sa publiko via news media. Pero yun mga big sharks tuloy lang ligaya nila

  • kismaytami

    LOL! Naalala ko tuloy yung container ng carrots at sibuyas na na-TV. Eh dito lang sa bagsakan-palengke sa lugar namin, nagkalat yung mga carrots at sibuyas na ganun. Tip of the iceberg lang ang laging nahuhuli at siyempre dapat i-media pampa-pogi.


    Sana sa susunod yong mga malalaking taong smuggler or tax evader naman. Yong may mga porsche naman. Oppps. 

  • turbogirl9


Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • 16 suffer burns in Batangas sugar factory accident
  • Angat level drops; cloud seeding set
  • Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro
  • Banahaw continues to lure pilgrims, trekkers
  • Passion of Christ moves survivors
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child
  • Business

  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace