Trillanes backs ‘secret’ way of life checks for Customs workers

Trillanes backs ‘secret’ way of life checks for Customs workers

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

Trillanes backs ‘secret’ way of life checks for Customs workers

Mandatory lifestyle check for employees and a revival of private pre-shipment inspection are among the measures

pushed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to help rid the Bureau of Customs (BOC) of corruption.

Trillanes has joined other senators in expressing doubts on the effectiveness of President Duterte’s move to have the

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

Armed Forces take over the BOC, where billions of pesos worth of illegal drugs have slipped through in the last two years.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson earlier said learning from past mistakes and best practices while putting in place an effective counter-intelligence

system is a much better approach to cleaning up the bureau than deploying military personnel.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

With the cleaning up of the bureau should come the prosecution of drug lords and customs officials responsible for smuggling tons

of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, including former BOC commissioners Isidro Lapeña and Nicanor Faeldon.

“The government should conduct covert lifestyle checks and prosecute or dismiss erring BOC personnel,” Trillanes said.

He said incentives for customs personnel who exceed performance targets should also increased.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

Fully computerized

Operations of the BOC should fully computerized, to include mandatory electronic filing with automatic electronic copies furnished

to Commission on Audit (COA), the Office of the Ombudsman and counter-intelligence units, he said.

The government should revive the private pre-shipment inspection services while reducing customs duties – except for protected goods

– to discourage smuggling, he said.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

Trillanes also suggested the BOC utilize multiple remote x-ray monitors manned by COA and counter-intelligence units to avoid collusion

among erring personnel and officials, and to provide countercheck to findings of the bureau’s x-ray operators.

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, is set to resume on Nov. 22 its inquiry into the smuggling of

an estimated P11 billion worth of shabu last July.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

One of the inquiry’s key witnesses – former BOC intelligence operative Jimmy Guban – was taken into the Department of Justice’s

witness protection program on Wednesday.

Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza is also pushing for compulsory pre-shipment inspection of all “containerized imports” to thwart

the smuggling of illegal drugs and goods through ports in Manila and other cities.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

Administratively direct

“The President is in a position to administratively direct the mandatory inspection at the country of origin of all containerized cargoes destined for the Philippines,” he said.

He said smuggling of illegal drugs could have detected had shipments examined at the port of origin.

“All of the estimated P21 billion worth of methamphetamine or shabu smuggled through the Manila port in three batches between May 2017 and July 2018 arrived in 20-foot shipping containers from China, Malaysia and Taiwan,” he said.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

He included that pre-shipment examination the training utilized by governments, for the most part in creating nations, of expecting merchants to draw in licensed outsider surveyors to check shipment points of interest, for example, value, amount and nature of merchandise, before cargoes withdraw the trading nation.

Further, Atienza brought up that this investigation framework utilized to keep the undervaluation of assessable imports and to adjust for the deficiencies in the bringing in nation’s traditions and other authoritative structures.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

Hence, in the midst of the debate encompassing the missing shabu shipment assessed to worth between P6.8 billion and P11 billion and fault going by the BOC and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the President a week ago arranged the “military takeover” of the BOC.

Organization authorities have since cleared up that fighters would only conveyed to the nation’s ports to help discourage screwy Customs authorities and workers.

Trillanes backs 'secret' way of life checks for Customs workers

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