PNoy hits BOC; Commissioner Biazon offers resignation

 
 
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Monday night said he "offered" his resignation from government, following President Benigno Aquino III's statement against the Bureau of Customs during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
 


In his SONA, Aquino hit incompetent and corrupt officials in government, singling out those in the Bureau of Immigration, the National Irrigation Administration, and the BOC.
 
"Let us be honest: Even today, there are still those in government who seemingly refuse to change. It is disheartening to discover the depth and breadth to which they have branched out in the bureaucracy.

"Here we have the Bureau of Customs, whose personnel are trying to outdo each other’s incompetence. Instead of collecting the proper taxes and preventing contraband from entering the country, they are heedlessly permitting the smuggling of goods, and even drugs, arms, and other items of a similar nature into our territory."

“Saan po kaya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha ang mga kawani sa ahensiyang ito? (Where do these people get the gall?).

"One can almost hear them say, 'I don’t care if the weapons go to criminal elements; I don’t care how many lives are ruined by drugs; I don’t care if our fields remain barren forever; What matters is that I am rich; it’s every man for himself.'

"If you cannot do your job, you do not deserve to remain in office."

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