Lapeña vows to stop cor­rup­tion at Cus­toms

Sun.Star Cebu - - NATION -

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.

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