Duterte wants all Cus­toms fix­ers killed

Tempo - - Front Page - By GENA­LYN D. KA­BIL­ING

Kill all fix­ers at the Bu­reau of Cus­toms.

Pres­i­dent Duterte is­sued this lat­est di­rec­tive to new Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Rey Guer­rero who will be aided by the mil­i­tary in stamp­ing out cor­rup­tion and smug­gling in the bu­reau.

The Pres­i­dent, who has au­tho­rized a ma­jor re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the BoC, said he has cau­tioned Guer­rero to re­main vig­i­lant since the bu­reau was "con­tam­i­nated with cor­rup­tion."

"Sabi ko diyan ka, mag­dala ka ng sun­dalo. Patayin mo la­hat ‘yang fix­ers diyan kasi pati ikaw kakainin ka diyan," Duterte said dur­ing an agrar­ian re­form event in Bo­ra­cay Thurs­day.

Duterte said sol­diers could spot the fix­ers in the BoC and deal with them ac­cord­ingly. "Sabi ko ‘pag makita ninyo, bar­ilin mo na, tapon mo sa da­gat. Way lang mag-amin. Linte na mga crim­i­nal diha,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent ear­lier di­rected the mil­i­tary to as­sist the new Cus­toms chief in restor­ing law and or­der in the bu­reau fol­low­ing the al­leged smug­gling of drugs into the coun­try. Some groups, how­ever, crit­i­cized the mil­i­tary takeover of the BoC as un­con­sti­tu­tional.

To dis­pel con­cerns his de­ci­sion was un­law­ful, Duterte ex­plained that he has not ap­pointed or des­ig­nated any sol­dier to any posts in the BoC. He said he merely placed Cus­toms per­son­nel on float­ing sta­tus pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices.

"Kaya sinara­han ko ‘yung Bu­reau of Cus­toms I am not ap­point­ing any­body. I am not des­ig­nat­ing any­body. Alam, ano bang alam ng sun­dalo ‘yung ledger o jour­nal o re­sibo o trust agree­ments diyan?" he said.

Duterte ad­mit­ted that it was dif­fi­cult to get ev­i­dence of cor­rup­tion so he tem­po­rar­ily re­lieved the sec­tion chiefs pend­ing a probe.

"The only way na mala­man ko talaga is al­isin ko kay­ong la­hat tapos bago ako mag-imbestiga. Noon ka na nandiyan kayo sige nakaw tapos sige ako mag­in­ves­ti­gate. I need proof and it is hard to get. And in the mean­time that I will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing, you con­tinue with your prac­tice of cor­rup­tion," he said.

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