THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) welcomes the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to submit all government officials and employees, especially from agencies perceived as “corrupt” to “lifestyle check” to be conducted by the Department of Justice thru the National Bureau of Investigation.
Retired Philippine Marine colonel and spokesperson, Neil Estrella, who is now a “consultant” at the bureau’s intelligence and investigation service (CIIS) and its “de facto” spokesperson, also assured that “due process” and the rights of those subjected to an investigation by the NBI would be respected.
“Welcome ang utos ni President Duterte para sa lifestyle check; titiyakin naman natin na ang karapatan ng mga empleyado at ang tamang proseso sa mga ganitong imbestigasyon ang masusunod,” Estrella told this reporter in an interview.
President Duterte had earlier directed the NBI to subject employees and officials of the BoC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to a lifestyle check amidst reports that graft and corruption remain rampant in two of the country’s largest revenue earners for the government.
As part of the bureau’s reform program under customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, a ‘fun run’ was also held yesterday in Manila that started and ended at the Quirino Grandstand.
Dubbed, ‘Run After the Smugglers, 2016: Commitment to Stop Illicit Trade,’ Faeldon also led the participants in taking a “pledge” to combat smuggling as highlight of the event.