Lapeña vows to stop corruption at Customs
Newly-installed Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña vowed to stop corruption and increase revenue collection in compliance with the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The marching order given to me by President Duterte is to address the perennial problems that have beset the BOC for years. My top priority – and it should be clear to everyone - is to do away with the culture of ‘pasalubong’ and ‘tara.’ Strictly ‘no gift and no take policy’,” he said in his message during the turnover ceremo- ny at the BOC port district in Manila yesterday.
Lapeña said he will institute reforms for a more organized and systematic Customs administration to improve revenue collection efficiency, and also maintain close monitoring of inbound and outbound cargoes through formal channels to prevent smuggling.
“Similar to what I did with PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency), I will implement a ‘one-strike policy’ to boost internal cleansing, which of course, shall be supported by intensified counter-intelligence efforts. I intend to give each of you a clean slate, so we can move forward. Just do your work. Prove your worth, and I will back you up. But once I receive reports of your in- volvement with corrupt practices and such reports are validated: I will not think twice. Pasensiyahan tayo,” Lapeña said.
He also warned those who would name-drop him.
“I am now issuing a stern warning to unscrupulous individuals who plan to use my name to collect money and/or ask favor/s to circumvent laws and regulations: I will get you... I will exercise zero tolerance against corruption in the bureau,” he added.
MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the second Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) Meeting in Malacañan Palace on August 29.