• President still undecided on Customs officials’ resignation

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd remains undecided on the resignation filed by Bureau of Customs Commissioners Danilo Lim and Lorenzo Tanada, a Malacañang spokesman said Saturday.

    The President promised to push for sweeping reforms in the Customs bureau to root out corruption.

    But presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said “there’s no feedback” from Aquino on the resignations of Lim and Tañada.

    “It is just a matter of time. But the President stands by his plan to reform the Customs Bureau and we have already seen the leadership of the Bureau do something about it,” Valte said in an interview on Radyo ng Bayan.

    She was referring to the move made by Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon of asking all port collectors to resign from their post to give him a free hand in reforming the Bureau.

    Valte justified the granting of performance-based bonus (PBB) for state employees, including Customs personnel.

    “While there are those who didn’t perform well, there are individuals who meet their target [collection], and that is the reason why they will receive the PBB.  Of course, those who have pending cases won’t get a PBB,” Valte said.

    “Not all of them do not deserve the incentive,” she added.

    LLANESCA T. PANTI

     

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