BOC is the Top Priority of Presidential Aspirants to Probe Against Corruption
The eight (8) presidential aspirants prioritized the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to be investigated in their alleged corruption.
During the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate on Sunday, February 27, eight of the presidential contenders said that if they win Election 2022, they will prioritize the BOC in their fight against corruption. When they were president, the moderator asked which government institution they would prioritize to clean out corruption.
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The BOC was written by Ernesto Abella, Norberto Gonzales, Leody de Guzman, Panfilo Lacson, Faisal Mangondato, Jose Montemayor Jr., Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagosto, and Vice President Leni Robredo. Senator Manny Pacquiao wrote three, and the BOC is on his list as well, but his first focus is cleaning up the Department of Health (DOH).
Domagoso, on the other hand, recalls a period when he was promised ‘P5 million a day’ to stop pushing for the clearance of street sellers from key metropolitan highways. The mayor of Manila also emphasized the need of pursuing government transaction digitalization in order to combat corruption in the country.
Following the program, BOC was able to enter the top trending topics on Twitter in the Philippines. Under the present government, the BOC has been accused of different forms of corruption. President Rodrigo Duterte himself described it as a corrupt organization.
Duterte declared in 2019 that he will fire 64 officials for alleged wrongdoing. As the agency faced corruption charges, Duterte picked three military personnel to lead it throughout his administration.
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