- The Customs brokers have reacted over the recent order of President Rodrigo Duterte
- The brokers are decided to put up a fight for their positions in the Bureau of Customs
- President Duterte earlier said that Customs brokers should be removed to eliminate corruption
Customs brokers have spoken regarding the recent order of President Rodrigo Duterte that the brokers should be removed from the Bureau of Customs.
KAMI learned that the Customs brokers are planning to fight against the order of the President.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Chamber of the Customs Brokers President Adones Carmona said that more than 11,000 brokers and their families will be affected by the order.
"They will expect a fight from us licensed Customs brokers. We are 11,900 strong members,” Cardona said.
“Also, what will be affected are the students who enrolled in this program Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration in over 85 universities and schools offering this program. It's a 4-year course and they need to review for a six-month period for the licensure examination...We will really fight head on because we are fighting for our profession and for our survival," he added.
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Earlier, President Duterte said that one way to eliminate the corruption in the Customs is to remove the brokers.
"Itong sa Customs, ang gusto ko, wala nang brokers. Pagka may brokers, may corruption talaga ‘yan. Ngayon, sinasabi ko, sabihin mo sa Pilipino, kung gusto talaga nila walang corruption, tanggalin na natin ‘yan," Duterte said.
The Bureau of Customs has been making the headlines from time to time over the billion pesos worth of smuggled contraband in the country.
Under the Duterte administration, the BOC had already gone through 3 different chiefs – Nicanor Faeldon, Isidro Lapeña, and then current customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
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