'If I were in the position of Commissioner Faeldon, after those mistakes in Customs Bureau
plus this one, I should not give much headache to the President,' Villanueva said in an interview with ABS CBN News Channel.
While he withheld the names of the two top officials, Belgica said the PACC are looking into officials of the following agencies: Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Bureau of Customs Bureau
of Internal Revenue, including its regional district officers Department of Public Works and Highways Department of Environment and Natural Resources Department of Transportation Puyat said that the DOT is looking forward to being part of the PACC's report that they hope would be completed by the end of 2019.
The seized goods will be condemned by the Customs bureau
as they were not covered by any Phytosanitary permit from the Bureau of Plant Quarantine.
An official with the general business department of the customs bureau
at Jingtang, which operates under the customs office of the city of Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, confirmed there was a halt in customs declarations at the port.
If President Duterte really wants to, even with just three more years left in his term, he can cleanse the Customs bureau
of grafters and smugglers.
Ironically, the very people who were suspected of facilitating the entry of the banned drugs were known former officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) brought in the Customs Bureau
by the former top PDEA guy who was moved to the Bureau by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
Among those recovered species were several star tortoises, red-footed tortoises, sulcata tortoises, and red-eared slider, the customs bureau
said in a statement on Monday.
The customs bureau
seized four suitcases in Manila on Sunday and found they were filled with rare and protected varieties including star tortoises, red-footed tortoises, sulcata tortoises, and red-eared sliders.
De Lima said President Rodrigo Duterte's order to the military to take over the BoC "is another populist move designed to appeal to the prevailing frustration of the people with his own anaemic response to the smuggling of billions of pesos of shabu." The detained senator maintained that Duterte himself brought about the present state of corruption at the Customs bureau
by failing to stop shabu shipments at the very first instance.
Under the new regulations, the customs bureau
at Kapitan Andreevo border crossing (near Svilengrad) is likely to be "diverted" to the Burgas office.Earlier in December, the government also announced 40 customs officers will be "redeployed" to the central office in Sofia, after having worked at the Turkey border.Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov then cited "human resources management" as one of the reasons and made clear the specialized operation and the detention of 33 officers had called the efficiency of the agency into question.
The customs bureau
said exports were down 25.7 percent in February year-on-year, while the trade surplus stood at 4.84 billion dollars -- a dramatic reduction from more than 39 billion dollars the previous month.