Statement of Sen. Kiko Pangilinan on Customs

The appointment of another official tainted with corruption scandal puts to doubt anew the administration’s seriousness in initiating reforms at the Bureau of Customs.

The allegations against Vincent Philip Maronilla linking him to the smuggling of the P6.4 billion worth of shabu when he was Manila International Container Port district collector should not have been just swept under the rug by the DOJ and should have been thoroughly investigated.

With an official with questionable integrity at the helm of the BOC, the public would find it hard to believe that the administration is out to purge corruption and clean the agency.

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Parang hindi seryoso ang administrasyon na magkaroon ng reporma sa Bureau of Customs sa pagtalaga ng isa na namang opisyal na may bahid ng korapsyon.

Hindi dapat binabalewala at dapat na imbestigahang maigi ang mga alegasyon laban kay Vincent Philip Maronilla na nag-uugnay sa kanya sa smuggling ng P6.4 bilyong halaga ng shabu noong Manila International Container Port district collector pa siya.

Dahil sa isang opisyal na may kwestyunableng integridad na namumuno sa BOC, mahihirapang paniwalaan ng publiko na nariyan ang administrasyon para sugpuin ang korapsyon at linisin ang ahensya.