The so-called three o’clock habit at the Bureau of Customs is alive and properly, if info gathered by Sen. Panfilo Lacson proves correct.
Lacson mentioned Saturday that is primarily based on info from dealer Mark Taguba, who withdrew cash to repay corrupt BOC officers in alternate for the discharge of his shipments.
“Lumalabas sa withdrawal ni Mark Taguba, mukhang karamihan Biyernes pa rin. Ito tinutugma natin sa bank statement ng mga withdrawal sa bank statement ni Taguba,” Lacson mentioned in an interview on DWIZ radio.
Earlier, Lacson mentioned the “3 o’clock habit” at Customs entails corrupt officers getting their share of the loot.
Citing the data, Lacson mentioned many withdrawals had been made on Thursday and Friday morning.
The withdrawals made on Thursday could also be for making payoffs on Friday, whereas these made on Friday morning could possibly be for making payoffs later within the day.
“Naitatama natin ito sa araw o sa oras ng pagbigay niya ng tara. Pag withdraw ka ng Huwebes. pambigay sa Biyernes yan. O kaya withdraw ka Biyernes ng umaga pambigay sa Biyernes ng hapon,” he mentioned.
On the opposite hand, Lacson cited exchanges of textual content messages between Taguba and so-called bagmen, all on Taguba’s cell phone.
“Ito may pangalan kasi ito di deny ito kasi nasa mobile phone yan. Pag forensic natin ito pati deleted messages lalabas yan. Naroon lahat yan at na-confirm kasi nakalagay sa SMS doon, P10,000 ang OCOMM (Office of the Commissioner),” he mentioned.