Orola: Duterte en­light­ened on BOC al­le­ga­tion against Orophil

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY CARLA N. CAÑET

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte was en­light­ened on the is­sue in­volv­ing Orophil Ship­ping In­ter­na­tional Co. Inc. fol­low­ing an ex­pla­na­tion made by the lat­ter’s of­fi­cials in a meet­ing at the Mala­cañang re­cently.

This was the state­ment yes­ter­day by Orophil chair­man Lawyer Juan Orola Jr., who is also the ad­min­is­tra­tor of Ba­colod City.

The meet­ing is rel­a­tive to al­le­ga­tion of the Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BOC) that their ship has il­le­gally un­loaded 641ship­ping con­tain­ers of smug­gled goods at the Port of Manila.

Orola and sib­lings En­gi­neer To­mas Orola (pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer), Dr. El­iz­a­beth Sal­abas (ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent), Gil­rey Tor­res (op­er­a­tions man­ager), Joanna Therese Orola and Ana Maye La­gra­mada (le­gal co­or­di­na­tors) Atty. El­nora Abay­gar (le­gal coun­sel), Rodel Par­con (fi­nance consultant), along with Pres­i­den­tial Anti-cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion Chair­man Dante Jimenez and BOC Com­mis­sioner Rey Leonard Guer­rero were present at the meet­ing.

The Orophil of­fi­cials ex­plained to Duterte their side, claim­ing that the BOC has falsely and ma­li­ciously ac­cused their com­pany of ques­tion­able act with­out doc­u­ments or ba­sis.

Orola said the Pres­i­dent as­sured them that jus­tice and fair­ness will pre­vail on the mat­ter.

“He (Duterte) di­rected the BOC to con­duct a thor­ough and hon­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the is­sue,” adding that they were urged to help the ad­min­is­tra­tion in his anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

OROPHIL of­fi­cials led by pres­i­dent chair­man Lawyer Juan Orola Jr. (third from left) dur­ing their meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte (cen­ter) at the Mala­cañang re­cently.

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