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It’s a Hostile Environment for the Commissioner of Customs

By admin On April 23, 2015 No Comments

It’s regretful that Comm. John Sevilla resigned from the post of Customs Commissioner. Just as the reforms he was implementing were starting to be felt, take root and have momentum, there will be another leadership change in the bureau.

As I have said before, the post of commissioner is one that works in a very hostile environment. The record shows that very few commissioners have served beyond two years, some even holding the post for only a few months. The bureau’s history is rife with quick turnovers of leadership, which is one of the contributors to the difficulty of having a successful customs reform.

Destabilization of a sitting commissioner, especially one who is pursuing reform, is a given especially because there are many sectors who want to preserve the status quo of the “kalakaran”. Some will move heaven and hell or spend a fortune just to remove a sitting commissioner for

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Interview About SAF 44 by Pia Hontiveros on News.PH

By admin On February 22, 2015 No Comments

Former Congressman and former Customs Commissioner was interviewed by seasoned broadcaster Pia Hontiveros regarding his views on the Mamasapano incident where 44 PNP Special Action Force members were killed in a firefight after a mission to take Zulkifli Bin Hir, a known international terrorist.

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As We Lay the SAF 44 to Rest, the Quest for the Truth Begins

By admin On February 1, 2015 No Comments

The creation of a Board of Inquiry to investigate the circumstances that led to the deaths of 44 personnel of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force which were sent on a mission to enforce a warrant of arrest issued against an international terrorist linked to bombings in the Philippines and abroad is not only the logical step but a necessary one as well.

Although the objectives of the Board of Inquiry has been described in several different ways in media reports, the understanding is that it seeks to determine the factual timeline of events, the persons responsible in the planning, authorization and implementation of the operation, the errors or lapses that occurred, and the persons responsible for such errors or lapses. The inquiry’s output should also contain recommendations based on what is gathered during the proceedings.

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