Bureau of Customs
DIMATULAC, Jose Paras
- In its 11-page complaint against Dimatulac, RIPS alleged that the former provided some illusory information in his SALNs regarding particular real and personal properties.
- Based on Dimatulac’s SALNs filed for the years 2001 to 2010, respondent claimed that he acquired thru “installments” his house and lot in Parañaque City in 1992. In the course of RIPS’ investigation, however, the same real property was actually a subject of a Deed of Donation on June 10, 1992 between the respondent and Spouses Artemio and Lucia Diaz.
- Similarly, Dimatulac, who hails from San Fernando, Pampanga, declared in his SALNs that he acquired through inheritance a residential lot in Pampanga sometime in 2003. However, the San Fernando City Treasurer’s Office verified in its Certification dated 30 May 2012 that there were no records of real property and business tax payments pertaining to respondent, his spouse, or his son. On the other hand, the Provincial Assessor of the same jurisdiction confirmed in its Certification dated 15 August 2012 that there were no existing real properties registered under the names of respondent and his family.
- Dimatulac likewise left out in his SALNs his spouse’s one-storey commercial building, employed as a barber shop/repair shop, located along Ninoy Aquino Avenue, La Huerta, Parañaque City. As evidenced by Tax Declaration No. E-005-02108, respondent’s spouse, MARIA S. DIMATULAC, was identified as its owner, who also paid real estate taxes for the same property, based on Official Receipt No. 27747962-P issued by the Parañaque City Treasurer’s Office.
- The Customs official’s 2001 to 2008 SALNs showed that he purchased in 1995 a unit of Toyota Corolla XL on installment basis for four hundred nine thousand pesos (PhP 409,000.00), which he later on sold for one hundred fifty thousand pesos (PhP 150,000.00) as gleaned from his 2009 SALN. While the same sedan was no longer reported in his subsequent SALNs as he was no longer the owner thereof, such claim was contradicted by Motor Vehicle Inquiry Detail No. 1380-00000110934issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) – Diliman District Office, which identified Dimatulac as the car owner.
- RIPS, in its complaint, equally questioned Dimatulac’s apparent lack of necessary educational qualifications as Customs Operations Officer, which, based on BOC’s Position Description form, required a Bachelor’s degree.
- As deduced from the Registrar’s Letter dated April 20, 2012 from the Mapua Institute of Technology, “Mr. Jose P. Dimatulac was in attendance in this Institute during the 1st semester, 1965 – 1966 up to 1st semester, 1974 – 1975 as a 5th year Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the School of MME,” clearly indicative of respondent’s non-completion of his college studies.
- “Taking into consideration these ineluctable facts, it cannot be gainsaid that respondent’s duplicity with regard to his qualifications for the position of Customs Operations Officer III caused undue prejudice to the government, as the appointment of another candidate who possesses the requisite qualifications is more preferable and proper under the circumstances,” RIPS’ complaint in part stated.
- Dimatulac may confront possible preventive suspension pending preliminary investigation of the complaints against him with the Office of the Ombudsman under Republic Act 6770.
- To date, RIPS has filed 124 cases against 165 individuals and secured 62 suspensions from office and 21 dismissals from the service against the officials and employees of its attached bureaus and agencies.