Customs Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim on Friday chose to keep silent, ignoring calls for him to name the protectors of corrupt officials in the agency.
Reminded of his promise to name “the powerful forces” he had hinted at earlier, Lim said he would divulge their identifies at the right time and in the proper forum. He also said he would compare notes with another deputy commissioner, Juan Lorenzo Tanada, to make sure they have the same list of people who have been interfering with Custom’s internal affairs.
Observers found it rather uncharacteristic of the retired general, who is known for his uncompromising stance on many issues, to keep things to himself. It is corruption, after all, that drove him to mount several coup attempts against the three previous administration.
Lim explained he usually receive calls or requests for favors in behalf of importers with shipments under process at Customs, and he finds it very difficult to refuse them because of their powerful positions in the government.
He refused to name the branches or agencies of the government these powerful people they are assigned in, though.
Lim and Tanada said politicians and high Palace officials interfere in the affairs of the customs bureau, either facilitating the release of questionable shipments or interceding for the retention of Customs official in their present posts
The two officials had filed their resignations, but the President has yet to act on them.