Anarchy, corruption in BOC cannot be resolved by whoever will head it —Duterte - The Daily Sentry

Anarchy, corruption in BOC cannot be resolved by whoever will head it —Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech / photo file from PCOO

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte believes that corruption is too out of control at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) that it cannot be resolved by whoever will be assigned to head it.

The chief executive earlier appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Leonardo “Jagger” Guerrero to lead Customs.

Military presence for peace and order

In a speech in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Saturday, the president said he called on the military to take over the operations of the BOC in order to maintain peace and order at the bureau.

"When you call the military to help, you are not appointing them to any position, neither are you designating them with specific functions,"  Duterte said

"Ano bang alam ng sundalo ng ledger pati journal? They are there to keep peace because Customs is an anarchy. Maski sinong ilagay mo talagang may corruption," he added.

Boracay as an example

The president also defended anew his decision to appoint former military chief Roy Cimatu as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), noting that rehabilitating Boracay would have taken about two years if a non-military personnel was in charge.

“Abot yan ng, estimate ko, two years, tapos mawala yung pera. Ganun talaga katindi ang corruption (Rehabilitation in Boracay will last for, my estimate is, two years and the money will go missing. That’s how bad corruption is),” Duterte said.

With this, the chief executive described Boracay as a “classic case” of overloading that caused problems on sewerage.

Duterte also urged the tourists to “follow rules” and to avoid “looking for trouble.”*

Last month, Malacañang said the "state of lawlessness" in the BOC led the President to deploy military personnel.

AFP in BOC is temporary only

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, fielding of AFP personnel to temporarily handle BOC aims to create the military presence that will hopefully intimidate corrupt officials and staff at the bureau.

Meanwhile, critics of the Duterte administration claimed that installing military men in a government position is way beyond his powers, calling it unconstitutional, as the presidential calling out powers may only be applicable to "prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion" that puts public security or safety in danger.

The president stressed that he was not appointing any military member to a position in the Customs.

"Itong mga politicians, may iba mga senador. Papogi-pogi lang ang y***, wala namang alam. Walang laman ang sinasabi," he said.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo (ctto)

Source: GMA News, PNA