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3 ex-Shell execs file perjury charge vs 2 ex-Customs officials

THREE former executives of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., including the past chairman of all Shell companies in the country, have filed a criminal complaint against a former customs commissioner and two others for lying under oath.

Former Customs Commissioner Napoleon L. Morales, former Port of Batangas Collector Juan N. Tan and one Lourdes M. Aclan of Batangas were alleged to have committed four counts of perjury, a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment.

“In a desperate attempt to give a semblance of validity to what is otherwise a frivolous and baseless complaint, the respondents deliberately and willfully made blatantly false statements which are material to sustain their trumped up charges,” said complainants Edgar O. Chua, who previously led Pilipinas Shell, and former company executives Nigel T. Avila and Roberto S. Kanapi.

The three filed their complaint on Jan. 4, 2017 at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office after they were accused by the respondents of illegal importation and violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in a complaint filed with the Office of the Ombudsman last year.

The respondents also cited former President Benigno S. C. Aquino III and former Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima for allowing the company to do so.

However, the former Pilipinas Shell executives pointed out that the respondents did not submit any proof to support their allegations that the company misdeclared their importation of catalytic cracked gasoline and light catalytic to evade the payment of taxes.

They also cited other “bald-faced lies” and “absolute falsehood” including a claim that Mr. Aquino and Mr. Purisima allowed the non-payment of taxes, which happened months before they assumed their respective posts.

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