Malacañang Defends Pres. Duterte’s Decision to Field Military in the BOC

The Malacañang Palace secured the decision of Pres. Rody Duterte to field military officers in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) since they claimed that the President is qualified under the Constitution to request the AFP to assist the cleansing of graft-ridden Bureau of Customs.

“The Constitution provides that the President is the head of government, the head of state and the commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Now, the Constitution also provides that he has control over all executive offices, and BOC is one of them,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated.

“Now, being the Commander-in-Chief, he is authorized under the law to direct the movements of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and in any manner, he deems it fit,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo added.

Pres. Rody Duterte requested the military to change all the OC personnel in the midst of probe on the P6 .8 billion value of shabu that slipped past the Customs.

The President declared that “dirty games” have been played by certain corrupt Customs personne have triggered him to demand the AFP to manage the BOC.

“They will be replaced, all of them, by military men. It will be a takeover of the Armed Forces in the matter of operating, in the meantime, while we are sorting out how to effectively meet the challenges of corruption in this country,” Pres. Duterte stated.

Pres. Duterte Duterte has also place “everybody” in the BOC in floating situation and obligated them to report straight to the Office of the President.

“There was really a continuous play of corruption in the lower echelons of the Customs Bureau,” Pres. Duterte stated in his speech throughout the Thanksgiving dinner of ex-Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

The President previously selected ex-AFP Chief of Staff and incumbent Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero to change Isidro Lapeña as BOC chief.

Lapeña have been given Cabinet position as Director General of the Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority.

Source: PNA