- Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon took a hardline stance against corrupt BOC men
- He threatens to shoot corrupt customs employees and officials who refuse to reform themselves
- Faeldon expects his tough stand to bring positive result within three months
Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has taken a hardline stance in dealing with corrupt BOC officials and personnel.
Faeldon said he has set a meeting with 54 customs employees and officials based in Manila who are “already marked as corrupt” to ask them to reform themselves or be forced to resign.
“I will talk to them… give them a stern request that if they cannot ‘fix’ themselves by Friday (July 22), they have to resign or I will force them out through my own method,” Faeldon said during his speech before members of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCII).
“If I cannot touch them legally, I will have to start ‘shooting’ them one by one,” he declared.
According to a Remate article, Faeldon has given corrupt customs personnel two options.
“I will just give them two options: “To go home and spend their ‘loot’ with their family and leave (the bureau) silently. Or I will start hunting them like criminals and start shooting them at the first opportunity,” Faeldon said.
It is necessary to adopt drastic measure in fighting corruption in BOC, Faeldon, who expects his tough stand will bring positive results in three months, said.
Faeldon told FFCCII members that ridding the bureau of corruption is necessary so he can have a moral ascendency over other waterfront stakeholders in his call for them to also rid their ranks of scalawags and other undesirables.
“The number one that I have to do is to ‘clean the house.’ I cannot ask you – the traders, brokers – to fix your ranks if every day you transact your business and you find (customs) people who are very corrupt. So I have to fix the corruption in the bureau before I can look you in the eye and ask you to fix your ranks. I will have no ‘moral ascendancy’ to ask you to behave if my own people are corrupt. So if I have to force the ‘fixing’ of the bureau, I will do that,” the new Customs Commissioner said.