MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte did not hide his disappointment on the Bureau of Customs (BOC) employees who were relieved from their respective posts due to alleged corruption.
Over 50 Customs employees, who are facing administrative and criminal charges over alleged corrupt practices, were summoned by Duterte in Malacañang on Thursday.
The employees were brought to the Palace with the Philippine Coast Guard providing security in shuttling them from the BOC head office in Manila.
“President Duterte told them they are free to go to court if they want. He will not take it against them,” Presidential Anti-Corruption commissioner Greco Belgica said.
“He also told them that they know in their heart what they did, and that they brought it upon themselves what happened to them,” he added. “The President’s demeanor was cool and sincere. Nothing personal. Issues lang.”
Duterte relieved some 64 employees of their duties at Customs, saying he was fed up with corruption in the agency. He added he could cut corruption in the government by a third once he weeds out crooked officials and employees from the BOC.
Duterte was vocal about his disappointment in the Customs, especially about reports on deep-rooted corruption and red tape./PN