Palace: No military takeover, only ‘intimidation’ in Customs
Malacañang on Tuesday clarified that soldiers will not give appointments or designations
at the Bureau of Customs, after critics said that a military “takeover” at the bureau would violate the Constitution.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he wants the military to “take over” Customs, days after he appointed
Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the country’s former military chief, to the corruption-ridden agency.
Duterte recently removed Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief who criticized over the multi-billion shabu shipment
that allegedly slipped past the country’s ports. He also announced that all Customs officials and personnel will be on “floating status.”
In a Palace news conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said “the President is not appointing or designating any member of the armed forces.”
“These people will be there first to make their presence felt and hopefully intimidate those corrupt people there,” he added.
Panelo clarified that warriors, it might said, will “guarding” BOC staff, and take in the procedures at the
agency despite the fact that they won’t formally expect the job of the Customs work force.
Asked whether such a “takeover” will happen soon, Panelo stated, “Sa ngayon hindi (For now, no). In any case,
in the event that it goes to a point that it required, the Constitution permits it.”
An arrangement of an individual from the military
Faultfinders said the military “takeover” at Customs would disregard a Constitutional arrangement excepting the
arrangement of an individual from the military to a non military personnel position in the legislature.
Be that as it may, Panelo focused on that this arrangement ought not outweigh everything else to the Constitutional
arrangement which expresses that the “prime obligation of the Government is to serve and secure the general population.”
“You can’t make this President prisoner to a specific arrangement without identifying with past arrangements that allow him specialist and additionally commitment and obligation to serve and secure this country,” Panelo said.
Panelo contended that the circumstance at the Customs similar to “disorder” which must tend to by the President no matter what.
“The Constitution says when there untamed brutality, the President can get out the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.
“The condition of untamed savagery would allude to what is occurring in BOC. There is a condition of disorder there. On the off chance that you can get many kilos of medications, there must be some grave wrong around there and there is a condition of wilderness there.”
Panelo additionally clarified that the officers who may send to the Customs will even now need to reply to AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr., not Guerrero.