Pres­i­dent Duterte swears in Lapeña, Guer­rero

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Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Roa Duterte has sworn in Rey Leonardo “Jag­ger” Guer­rero as the new chief of the Bureau of Cus­toms (BOC) and Isidro “Sid” Lapeña as Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (TESDA).

Pres­i­dent Duterte ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice to Lapeña at Philip­pine Air Force Bri­gadier Gen­eral Ben­ito N. Ebuen Air Base here on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

Guer­rero also took his oath be­fore the Pres­i­dent in a sim­ple cer­e­mony in Davao City.

Lapeña was re­placed by Guer­rero as the new Cus­toms com­mis­sioner six months af­ter the lat­ter was ap­pointed to Mar­itime In­dus­try Author­ity (MA­RINA). Pres­i­dent Duterte named Guer­rero as MA­RINA ad­min­is­tra­tor last April af­ter re­tir­ing from the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines.

As a march­ing or­der to Guer­rero, Pres­i­dent Duterte in­structed him to “dou­ble the zeal­ous­ness” in per­form­ing his man­date of rid­ding the agency of cor­rup­tion.

“Kung sa Army ka pa, takot talaga sa’yo ang mga tao kasi istrikto ka daw. Dou­ble the zeal­ous­ness and maybe you’d have a bet­ter chance of re­tir­ing un­scathed,” the Pres­i­dent said.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive also ex­pressed op­ti­mism that Guer­rero would be able to do his job well, not­ing that he was a “good and hon­est” man.

He noted that tak­ing the role as Cus­toms chief was a “chal­lenge” given the long his­tory of cor­rup­tion in the agency.

“Si Jag­ger na­man I have known him for sev­eral years and he is good…he is hon­est. So sabi ko sa kanya, to pro­tect your­self, paal­isin mo la­hat,” he said.

He or­dered Guer­rero to re­place ex­ist­ing Cus­toms per­son­nel with mem­bers of the gov­ern­ment forces.

“Maybe you can uti­lize the Coast Guard sa pe­riph­eral…but doon sa loob, alam mo, Jag­ger, you can draw your ‘yung tech­ni­cal men ng Army, mga tech­ni­cal men ng Air Force, Navy…Hin­tayin mo, post ka na ng mga Marines ang katabi,” he added.

For his part, Guer­rero ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Pres­i­dent for trust­ing him and vowed to do his best in ful­fill­ing his du­ties and re­form­ing the agency. ###PND

Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Roa Duterte ad­min­is­ters the oath of the newly-ap­pointed Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Isidro Lapeña dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the BGen. Ben­ito N. Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Oc­to­ber 30, 2018. (ACE MORANDANTE/PRES­I­DEN­TIAL PHOTO)

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