Pres. Duterte orders military to take over Bureau of Customs operations

  • Duterte placed all BOC employees in floating status
  • The President ordered the military to temporarily take over the  BOC’s operations
  • The Customs intelligence unit was ordered to report to President Duterte’s office
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President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to temporarily take over the operations of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in light of the deep-rooted corruption in the bureau. He said he will place all BOC personnel in floating status.

“I’d like to put on notice, everybody in the Bureau of Customs, they are all [on] floating status, they can maybe start again working, but as I said they are [on] floating status,” President Duterte said in a speech during the birthday celebration of former Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday, October 28.

“They will be replaced, all of them, by military men. It will be a takeover of the Armed Forces in the matter of operating, in the meantime, while we are sorting out how to effectively meet the challenges of corruption in this country,” the President said.

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He said he will issue a memorandum ordering the Customs Intelligence unit to report to his office.

“The Customs intelligence unit, they are to report to Malacañang, all of them. I’m ordering everybody to report to my office. Maybe I’ll issue the memorandum. They will hold office there at the Malacañang Gymnasium. Lahat,” Pres. Duterte said.

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According to CNN Philippines, the President ordered newly installed BOC Chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero, a former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to request the X-ray provider to send representatives that will train the technical men of the AFP.