Bureau of Customs messenger, Paulino C. Elevado IV, was found guilty by the Office of the Ombudsman with "serious dishonesty" for excluding his Porche from his government records. The Customs Clerk is also charged with aggravating circumstances of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service and Violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Elvado had already resigned from the Bureau of Customs, but he still received a fine of Php 20,000 and all his retirement benefits forfeited. Moreover, Elevado also has five counts of falsification of public documents and two counts of violation of Section 7 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for his false declarations in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
"We consider the Ombudsman’s resolution on Elevado's case and his indictment as a victory for good governance. It sends a signal to customs personnel that the President’s Customs Reform Team is serious in cleansing the Bureau of corrupt officials,” said Undersecretary Carlo Carag, head of the Revenue Operations and Legal Affairs Group.
The Ombudsman also said that Elevado committed a Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service during the shooting incident last Febuary 2012. Where Elevado, in his Porsche, fired a gunshot on the other vehicle in SLEX. The driver of the other vehicle, who was on board a Toyota Innova, was a 20 year old student. The incident resulted in a wild chase that ended up in front of Resorts World Manila where the student was allegedly beaten by Elevado and his companion.
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