Duterte orders military to take control Customs
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to take over the Bureau of Customs (BOC),
a few days after he ordered the sacking of all officials in the office.
In a speech during the birthday party of former Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano late Sunday
night, Duterte said this would be in effect until the government finds out how to deal with the rampant corruption in the Philippines.
“And yet we cannot just move on because we want to be lawfully correct so we have to take things slowly.
But, with this kind of games that they are playing, dirty games, I am forced now to ask the Armed Forces to take over,” Duterte added.
Duterte, last week, re-appointed Customs commissoner Isidro Lapena to the Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), with former Armed Forces of the Philippines
chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero replacing him at the bureau.
He then gave Guerrero the freedom to appoint his officials.
The President said his order was part of his declaration of lawlessness in the country during the first days of his term, since “part of the lawless elements are there inside the Bureau of Customs.”
Take control over Customs
“They will replaced all — all of them — by military men. It will be a takeover of the Armed Forces in the matter of operating in the meantime while we are sorting out how to effectively meet the challenges of corruption in this country,” Duterte said.
“Every one of them are outside, and that is the motivation behind why we can’t simply reject them even as we bargain the everyday reality. All of them there have been, in one way or the other charged of defilement. Every one of them,” he said.
Duterte additionally skimmed the possibility of issuing a reminder requesting individuals from the Customs Intelligence Unit to answer to Malacanang.
“They will hold office there at the Malacanang gym, every one of them,” he said.
Lapena’s re-task came multi day after he at last conceded that the four void attractive lifters seized by
the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last August in Cavite contained P6.8 billion worth of shabu
(methamphetamine hydrochloride), after he over and again demanded that there were no unlawful medications.
The announcement of Lapena reverberated by Duterte himself before, calling “shabu” asserts inside the attractive lifters as “unadulterated theory.”
The PDEA at that point said that the shabu shipment that slipped past Lapena’s watch was worth P11 billion.