On dealing with corrupt Customs, BIR staff: Duterte tells OFWs, bizmen to “raise hell, shoot them”

  • President instructed OFWs and businessmen how to deal with corrupt Customs and BIR men
  • He advised erring personnel to mend their ways
  • He also encouraged investors to set up businesses in PH, vowed absence of corruption

MANILA, Philippines – In another set of fiery rhetoric, President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged overseas workers and businessmen to fight back against corrupt Customs and Internal Revenue personnel.

In his speech before OFWs at the Lusail Sports Arena in Doha, Qatar, Duterte told them to make a scandal should Customs or airport staff insist on opening their luggage.

“Kung buksan bag ninyo, you raise hell, make a scandal,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying. “What is the [*expletive*] point of opening, tapos kukunan lang ng ano, kaya ngayon wala na [then they take whatever, and then it’s gone].”

In a talk with the Filipino-Qatari business community, Duterte told them to “shoot” any Customs or BIR staff who would ask them for a payoff.

“Kung meron sa Internal Revenue, Customs na hihingi sa inyo ng kahit P10, barilin ninyo ‘yan,” he said.

[“If somebody from the Internal Revenue, Customs would ask you even P10, shoot him.]

At the same time, Duterte touted the growing corruption-free climate in the Philippines as he encouraged investors to set up businesses in the country.

“Iniaalok ko ang Pilipinas hindi lang sa mga pamilyar na negosyante kundi pati na rin sa mi­ning at sa lahat, bukas ito sa lahat. At walang katiwalian. Dahil ang isang bagay na nagpabagsak sa aking bansa sa nagdaang mga taon ay ang katiwalian,” he said.

[I am offering the Philippines as open not only for familiar businesses but also in mining and everything else, this is open for all. And there is no corruption. Because the one thing that has pulled our country down in the past years is corruption.]