- President Duterte has appointed the AFP to take over the Customs for the meantime
- He also said that members of Customs are on a floating status
- The Customs intelligence unit will be reporting to Malacañang from now on
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Amid the rising issues regarding missing drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte has put all the people in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on a ‘floating status’. KAMI has learned that the President has also ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to take over the BOC during operations.
“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,” the President stated as reported by CNN Philippines.
President Duterte has made the announcement during the birthday celebration of former Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
“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 added.
As reported by GMA News, the BOC’s intelligence unit will be reporting straight to Malacañang and will hold office at the Malacañang gymnasium.
“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, I have yet to sign it. They will hold office there at the Malacañang Gymnasium. Lahat,” the President quipped.
However, the President said that he will dismiss everyone working at BOC one by one for he wants to follow the law.
“That's the reason why we cannot just dismiss them. Almost all of them there have been charged of corruption, lahat yan sila may kaso and yet we cannot just move on because we want to be lawfully correct. Dahan-dahan lang tayo,” he said.
“But with this kind of dirty games that they're playing I'm forced now to ask the armed forces to take over,” he added.
Recently, the Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña was removed from BOC and was transferred to TESDA as reported by GMA News TV.
As previously reported by KAMI, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has announced that around P11 billion worth of shabu is missing from the magnetic filters found in GMA, Cavite.
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