BUREAU of Customs commissioner, Rey Leonardo ‘Jagger’ Guerrero, says the number of bureau personnel who could end up losing their jobs for involvement in corruption could further increase as his administration ramps up its anti-corruption campaign in compliance with the instruction of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
Facing the media yesterday for his second ‘Meet the Press’ forum since he assumed the top customs post last October 2018, Guerrero bared that they are now working closely with the Ombudsman for the investigation of customs personnel and officials suspected of involvement in corrupt practices.
Guerrero pointed to the recent decision of the Ombudsman to dismiss seven customs personnel from the service and the suspension for one year without pay of another as the result of this collaborative effort.
He added the bureau on Monday formally received the Ombudsman decision ordering the dismissal of the following: Deputy Collector for Operations Ramon Hernandez, Customs Operations Officer V Lomonto Macabando, Customs Operations Officer III Vanzandt Remonde, Special Police Assistant Chief Jaybee Raul Cometa, Customs Security Guard II Renly Tiñana, Special Agent I Oscar Farin, and Customs Operations Officer III Vicente Gamboa.
On the other hand ordered suspended for one year without pay is, Customs Operations Officer IV Dolores Domingo.
The dismissal and suspension orders were approved and signed by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on August 15.
Guerrero also bared that they originally submitted 119 names to the Ombudsman, of which, 52 were summoned by Pres. Duterte to Malacañang before his ‘State of the Nation Address’ (SONA) last July 22, when the group reportedly received a presidential tongue lashing.
“These (names) is not the end of it,” Guerrero warned.
Aside from improving the bureau’s systems and procedures to minimise “human intervention,” Guerrero also launched a ’10-Point Anti-Corruption Campaign Plan,’ created an ‘Internal Affairs and Integrity Unit’ and launched the ‘8484 text hotline’ dedicated to receiving complaints against customs personnel engaged in corrupt practices thru text messaging.