Duterte To Crack Down On 100 More Customs Officials Connected To Corruption
RODRIGO DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would crack down on over 100 Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials allegedly connected to corruption within the agency.
In his speech in Balanga, Bataan, The President stated that he had a list of 164 names of officials from the BOC. He added that the majority were already in the agency for over a decade.
Duterte then cited what a former customs employee told him. According to the employee
who was linked to corruption, if he can remove these individuals, corruption would be gone.
Back in July, Duterte had put 64 Customs officers on floating status due to alleged connections to corruption. During his speech, he stated that he aims to go after the remaining 100 people.
As of the moment, the Bureau of Customs is now under Leonard Guerrero, former Armed Forces Of The Philippines chief-of-staff. Guerrero is the third to handle the BOC during the Duterte administration.
Duterte had also admitted that anyone would realize the difficulty in handling the BOC. This is because of the rampant corruption within the Bureau.
According to Manila Bulletin, the President stated that brokers are not welcome in the agency anymore. This is due to them being a source of corruption in the Bureau.
“Pagka may brokers, may corruption talaga ‘yan”, Duterte said. He then added that if you take away the brokers, corruptions could be cut overnight.
Duterte also said that in a scale of 1 to 10 you could reduce corruption to about an 8 and one half. He also stated that importers should just designate someone accredited with the BOC.
He said that they could just get an accreditation from the Customs Collector, that would be your representative. He then added this representative will get your job done.
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