ANOTHER 100 personnel of the corruption-ridden Bureau of Customs (BOC) will be booted out of office next week, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday, July 25.
Duterte, in a speech delivered in Candon City, Ilocos Sur, said another wave of firing of BOC officials will be forthcoming as his resolve to "clean" the bureau continues.
"'Yang mga Customs... (With regard to the Customs officials), I have to kick them out. Sixty-four of them will be terminated next week. I-I, and 100 is coming. Then I will have [to] clean the [bureau]," the President said.
A week earlier, Duterte placed 64 Customs officials and employees under floating status due to their alleged corrupt activities.
The President also ordered the filing of administrative cases against the erring BOC workers before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Despite the controversies hounding the Customs bureau, Duterte remained confident that Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo "Jagger" Guerrero, a former military chief, can help him rid the agency of corruption.
"Kasi sabi nila hindi daw talaga malinis-linis ang Customs so I placed si Jagger, yung dumaang Chief-of-Staff [ng Armed Forces of the Philippines]. He was assigned in Davao as the task force commander ng Davao so I know him," he said.
(They said I cannot clean up the Customs bureau so I placed si Jagger, the former Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was assigned in Davao as the task force commander ng Davao so I know him.) (SunStar Philippines)