BOC clarifies: Staff accepting money in viral footage not from Customs

  • An employee was caught on security allegedly receiving bribe money
  • The Bureau of Customs clarified the staff works for the Philippine Ports Authority, not from BOC
  • A Customs official said the payments made were legal and receipts were issued
  • The CCTV footage has been submitted to DOJ for further investigation

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has clarified that the person allegedly caught on security camera accepting money from a broker is not their employee, but from another agency – the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Early this week, a CCTV footage showing a staff accepting supposedly accepting bribe from a broker went viral on social media after it was reported by CNN Philippines.

The report said the footage came from a security camera of Room 104 of the BOC where brokers and importers pay for the release of their shipments. It reportedly took place last Monday, September 5.

In the clip a female employee, believed to be from Asian Terminal Inc., can be seen accepting money from someone on the window before hiding the cash quickly in her drawer. She then produced some documents which she turned over to a nearby collection officer.

But Special Collection Officer Chito Libunao told Rappler the woman is an employee of PPA and not of BOC. Also, the payments made to her are supposedly legal and receipts are provided.

Earlier, Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said this is another form of corruption since the woman is not authorized to collect money, but only issue receipts.

“I warn them it’s no longer our fault if they will become public, if they will be exposed to the public. It is their own doing if they will be exposed as bad as their actions,” Faeldon said.

A copy of the footage has been submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for further investigation.

Watch it below from a CNN Philippines video report: