Biazon has no regrets after resignation from BOC

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Friday, December 6, 2013

OUTGOING Customs chief Ruffy Biazon on Friday said that he has finished all his remaining tasks in the office in his last day as commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Biazon who filed his irrevocable resignation last Tuesday said that he had no doubts in making that crucial decision, which finally frees him from all the stress he faced in the last two years and three months of his life.

"I did not cry for losing the position. In fact, sabi ng iba bakit daw ma-aliwalas ako in all of these [intrigues and controversies] because it is such a relief... because in the first place I did not seek this post. I was recruited for a mission, that was how I looked at it," Biazon said

The Customs chief added that it came to a point he was asking himself if it is worth it to continue the struggle he believes in but there is always a time to say it's over.

"It was a mission kaya araw araw tinatanong ko sa sarili parang worth it pa ba na ilaban ko. So yun ang struggle ko dun. So, yun pag alis sa pwesto di ako na-iyak. Again going back yun mga tao nakasalamuha ko yun, iiyakan ko," Biazon said.

He said that his experienced being the chief of BOC is to give an insight to his subordinates and personnel on the life of a commissioner, not necessarily an expose book type but more on sharing on what he felt, and what he have seen and also what he have learned.

"I will miss the people, I will miss the relationships that have been built up while I was here in this office. My policy has always been to open up the commissionership to the stakeholders and to the public. I think that is in the interest of transparency and engaged public service. Over the years I was here, I used that policy to build relationships with the people," Biazon said.

He added that he has no regret in stepping down from his post because he looks at it as a way of learning and gaining not only more wisdom but most especially knowing people.

"I have always been a people person. But more importantly sa akin yung nantutunan ko work sa Customs. It has in fact given me a new advocacy because when I was in Congress, iba focus ng advocacy ko. This time around with my exposure here and I have seen kung ano kakailanganin ng Customs natin it has given me a new advocacy to work on," Biazon noted.

The former Muntinlupa City representative who is facing charges for his alleged misused of his Presidential Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel from 2007 to 2010 will be replaced by Finance Undersecretary John Sevilla beginning Monday. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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