In my extemporaneous speech as outgoing Commissioner of Customs during the turnover ceremony on December 9, 2013, I encouraged the men and women of the Bureau to take part in the reform of the agency by being catalysts of change themselves.
While a reform program may be led and directed by one person, it takes the collective drive and effort of each member of the organization to make it effective and successful. This is true most especially in the Bureau of Customs where the nature and structure of the organization lends itself to the exercise of discretion at various levels of authority and the deeply ingrained culture of compromise and connivance takes time to uproot in proportion to the time it took root.
By admin On December 2, 2013 No Comments
This afternoon, upon my request last Friday, November 29, 2013, I met with President Aquino to discuss with him my course of action in the wake of the complaint filed by the Department of Justice against me with regard to the Priority Development Assistance Fund allocated to the Congressional District I once represented.
The question that must be in everyone’s mind is “Did you resign?”
Why will I resign?
Why will I resign if some quarters will only interpret it as an admission of guilt?
Why will I resign if I know that I can defend my honor, integrity and innocence in a fair justice system?
Why will I resign if at this point, there is only an allegation that has yet to even pass the scrutiny of the Ombudsman to determine if it has basis to undergo preliminary investigation?
Why will I resign if the allegations do not have anything to do with my presentClick here to continue reading
By admin On November 29, 2013 No Comments
Accounting for public funds comes with the territory of serving in government, whether it be at the lowest levels of local government or in the high levels of national office.
Therefore, I am willing and ready to face the allegations raised today pertaining to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocated to my congressional district during my term as representative of the lone district of Muntinlupa.
I had always exercised prudence and fidelity in the performance of my duty as Representative of the Muntinlupa as well as in other responsibilities to the public, and pursued projects and programs that benefitted my constituents. But as we have seen in some instances, the processes involved have been vulnerable to abuse by certain parties.
I have yet to see the documents pertinent to this issue, but I welcome the opportunity to clarify and answer the accusations whether before the National Bureau of Investigation, the Office ofClick here to continue reading