Porsche-riding Customs Clerk Resigns

MANILA, Philippines - The Porsche-riding Customs clerk involved in a shooting incident has opted to quit his job ahead of the filing of administrative and criminal charges against him.

But Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon won't allow the clerk, Paulino Elevado, to get off that easy.

Elevado resigned Tuesday, a day after the Department of Finance's Revenue Integrity Protection Service found him liable for ''serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.''

He also faces charges of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for failing to disclose some of his properties and sources of income in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Elevado's high-profile lifestyle was exposed after he got involved in a traffic altercation, where he beat up and tried to shoot a 20-year-old student.

Biazon said he was informed of Elevado's resignation Wednesday by the bureau's Internal Administration Group, but has not acted on it.

''It was his way of preempting us,'' Biazon said.

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