President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed two customs officials who resigned in the wake of corruption allegations to two attached agencies of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Gerardo Gambala, former deputy commissioner of the Management Information System and Technology Group of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), has been appointed director IV of DOTr Office for Transportation Security (OTS).
Former Import Assessment Service director Milo Maestrecampo, meanwhile, has been assigned as assistant director general II of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
Maestrecampo resigned from BOC following allegations of corruption after a shipment of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) worth P6.5 billion slipped past BOC. Gambala quit sometime after Isidro Lapeña was installed as customs commissioner late last August.
The former military men were appointed to BOC last year. Both, together with former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, took part in the Oakwood mutiny against the Arroyo administration in 2003.
CAAP is the regulatory agency that implements policies in civil aviation to assure safe, economic, and efficient air travel.
OTS is the single authority responsible for the security of the transportation systems of the country, including civil aviation, sea transportation and maritime infrastructure, land transportation, and rail systems and infrastructure.