Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero announced on Monday he will not allow misguided personnel to destroy the "good name and reputation" he has cultivated in the last three decades.
Binding himself to using "a full amount" of his powers and powers, Guerrero said his "prime priority" was to clean up the Office of Customs (BOC) of corrupt officials and employees.
The third bureau chief in less than three years under Duter's administration has admitted that the bureau is still moving from the latest 11 billion dollar "shabu" smuggling smuggling along the Manila International Container Terminal hidden by magnetic cranes.
"It may be difficult to accept, but our agency is back in the midst of huge controversy. When will we really start cleaning our agency," he said on Monday at the flagship ceremony of the flagship office.
"There were so many commissioners who came, but so far we still need to really fix the system," he added.
Raised by corruption in the office, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that the entire BOC would be placed under military control.
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Guerrero took office last Wednesday but did not shake BOC as expected. He said customs officers would still be "under the control" of the bureau, while looking at the situation and preparing "appropriate measures" against the abuser.
However, Guerrero has promised that he will, like his predecessor, Isidro Lapeña, try to lift the system of "tars" (money fats) that has long hit BOC.
The president moved Lapeñ to the body of technical education and skills development as his general manager.
Guerrero warned he would not hesitate to go to people who would use his name to commit illegal transactions in the office.
"In the past 30 years I have been worried about my name and reputation because I believe this is the most important thing I can do [to] my children, "he said.
"We strive to serve sincerely and honestly, to maintain the dignity and nobility of the public service, and I will use the full amount of authority and powers you have given me as your commissioner to make sure I will fulfill my mission," he added.
In the coming days, Guerrero said, BOC staff as well as the public can expect to "lead an example" and ensure that every office transaction is "documented, reported and transparent".
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