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50 more BOC officials face ax
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50 more BOC officials face ax

July 12 ------ At least 50 more officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are set to be sacked as President Duterte continues his crackdown against corruption in the agency. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo bared this a day after Duterte ordered the freezing of several high-ranking BOC officials and employees over their supposed involvement in corruption activities. On Wednesday, Panelo said the President will name the frozen officials and employees at the appropriate time. “The President has directed the freezing of several high-ranking Customs officials and employees, whose names would be disclosed at the appropriate time, as they face administrative and criminal charges, for unlawful activities,” he said.

In his Thursday press briefing, Panelo said a lot of Customs people are about to be sacked in Duterte’s battle against corruption. “From what I gathered, mga 72 yata ang tatanggalin niya, or ang facing administrative charges. Ganoon karami, either 72 or 62, hindi ko na malaman eksakto (From what I gathered, I think he’s going to fire 72, or will face administrative charges. Either 72, or 62, I can’t recall the exact number),” he said. “Basta marami. Mahigit singkwenta (All I know is there’s as many of them. Perhaps more than 50), less than 100… Ganoon karami ang involved sa corruption (That’s how many people are involved in corruption),” he added.

Panelo said other officials will surely take over the positions which will be vacated to ensure that operations in the BOC will continue. Over the weekend, Duterte said he was going to fire more people from the BOC due to their supposed corrupt practices. On Monday, the President said that at least four people will be sacked. Despite this, Panelo said on Thursday that Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero is not included in the list of people that will get the boot. Panelo also said early this week that Guerrero still enjoys the trust and confidence of the President.

Earlier, Duterte reiterated that he is thinking of placing the BOC under the watch of the military just to curb the corruption looming in the agency.

Source: mb.com.ph