After Customs’ Commissioner Ruffy Biazon handed in his irrevocable resignation which the Aquino administration accepted, Malacanang appointed Finance Undersecretary John “Sonny” Sevilla as temporary Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of Customs.
Sevilla will temporarily leave his post at the Department of Finance as Undersecretary for the Privatization and Corporate Affairs Group since 2010.
He also served as Undersecretary for Privatization from 2006 to 2007.
Before becoming Finance’s Undersecretary, Sevilla worked as Executive Director of the investment bank Goldman Sachs and was an Associate Director and Sovereign Rater of the credit rating agency, Standard and Poors.
Sevilla graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government at Cornell University and took a master’s degree in Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima was glad with PNOY’s decision to appoint Sevilla because the latter has the financial expertise and a track record in public service which will help him in pushing for the reforms the Aquino administration wants for the BoC.
“While it is a monumental challenge to fill the shoes left behind by Ruffy Biazon at Custom, we are in full support of the President’s decision to tap Undersecretary Sevilla for the job”, said Purisima.
Purisima added that Sevilla’s a great loss for the Finance Dept. but he hopes that he will be able to fulfill his duties in his new post.
“Leadership of the Bureau of Customs requires someone who is results-oriented and an expert on economics, international relations, and project implementation. These traits describe Sunny Sevilla perfectly. We recognize that it is our temporary loss at the DOF to see Undersecretary Sevilla go, but nevertheless, we wish him the best on this new opportunity to serve the country”, Purisima stated.
Meanwhile, Malacanang refused Biazon’s request to extend his term until the end of December.
PCOO Sec. Sonny Coloma said that it’s not in the hands of PNOY whether or not Biazon’s term gets extended because the transition period for the new BoC Chief will have to be discussed with Finance Sec. Purisima.
“I think the issue can be discussed between Biazon and Purisima”, insisted Coloma.
According to Coloma, the President knows the urgency to find a replacement for Biazon even though the President didn’t give a deadline on it.