Juvymax Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin administers the oath of office to retired Phil. Army M/Gen. Juvymax Uy, former head of the Intelligence Service Group (ISG) and division commander, as the new Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Customs, October 20, 2022. Uy is to replace retired Phil. Army brigadier general, Raniel Ramiro, as head of the Intelligence Group, considered as the “second most powerful” position at the agency after the Commissioner of Customs.

PH Army’s ex-chief spook is new BOC-IG head

October 24, 2022 Paul M. Gutierrez 2068 views

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) would have two new deputy commissioners with the approval by Malacañan of fresh appointments to the country’s second biggest revenue generating agency.

To assume as the new deputy commissioner for Management Information Systems and Technology Group (MISTG) is Atty. Porfirio Gabiola, whose appointment as deputy commissioner was signed by then Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez last September 15, 2022.

Gabiola’s appointment was formally transmitted to the BOC by the Department of Finance (DOF) last September 22, 2022.

Gabiola replaced Allan Geronimo to the MISTG post who, prior to his transfer to the BOC in March 2019, once served as regional manager of China’s telecom giant, ‘Huawei Technologies.’

Gabiola is not new to the controversies at the BOC. His appointment by then Commissioner Alberto ‘Bert’ Lina as head of the BOC’s X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) in July 2015, prompted then Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement, Ariel Nepomuceno, to tender his resignation in protest but it was rejected by Lina.

On the other hand, newly-retired Philippine Army 6th Infantry ‘Kampilan’ Division commander, M/Gen. Juvymax Ramirez Uy, is the new deputy commissioner for the Intelligence Group (IG), considered as the “second” most powerful position in the agency.

He retired as the 37th commander of the 6th ID—responsible for internal security operations in Central Mindanao—only last May 21, 2022, having spent more than 35 years in the military.

Uy would be replacing another retired Phil. Army brigadier general, Rainiel Ramiro to the post that Ramiro has served since 2018. Ramiro is a product of the ‘Maharlika Class of 1984’ of the Philippine Military Academy.

Uy received his appointment to the IG last October 20, 2022, signed by Executive Secretary Lucal Bersamin who also administered his oath of office.

A member of the PMA’s ‘Makatao Class of 1989’ and a native of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Uy is a respected intelligence officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), having also once served as head of the Army’s Intelligence Service Group (ISG).

Aside from this, Uy, also served as the AFP internal auditor prior to his appointment as division commander and also served as brigade commander in Basilan and commander of Task Force Zamboanga where his performance was rewarded by the local government when he was declared as an “adopted” son of the city.

As a combat officer, Uy is also a recipient of 5 Distinguished Service Star Awards, a Gold Cross Medal, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Cross Medals, and various Military Merit and Commendation Medals.

He is also a recipient of the PMA’s prestigious Cavalier Award in 2012 for Army Operations, and the Philippine Legion of Honor, Degree of Legionnaire Award given by the President of the Philippines.

Aside from his military education, Uy also has two master’s degree in management from the Philippine Christian University and in public management from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and a degree in international development security, also from the DAP.

Uy also finished his senior executive course on national security from the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP).

As of this posting, however, both officials are yet to assume their respective posts.