Customs bureau sacks employee for ‘bribery’

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A Bureau of Customs (BoC) employee assigned to the Port of Davao has been removed from his post for alleged bribery.

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The employee, whose name was withheld pending results of investigation, was accused of involvement in an anomalous transaction after he was caught on close-circuit television (CCTV) camera video that has since gone viral on the Internet.

Lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria, district collector of the Port of Davao, over the weekend said the employee, along with his immediate superior, has been ordered to submit a written explanation on the incident.

According to Austria, the employee is with the Port Operations Division.

The BoC called on the complainant to submit a detailed narration of what really transpired to help it determine the facts for use in the ongoing investigation.

A fact-finding committee composed of the chief of the Administration Division, chief of the CIIS (Customs Intelligence) and District Commander of ESS-CPD (Customs Police) was also created to find out what really transpired in the video.

The committee was ordered to submit its report within 72 hours.

A memorandum was also issued asking the director of the CIIS Investigation Division to conduct an impartial investigation of the matter.

Austria assured the public that he would not tolerate corruption and that strict adherence to government ethical standards will be strictly followed in his port.

WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL

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