My Official Statement on Porsche-Riding Shooter of the BOCBy admin On February 3, 2012 Under Bureau of Customs, Governance
It makes me sad that the efforts of the Bureau of Customs to regain the trust and confidence of the People have been set back by the actions of one man. It makes me mad that a man who took an oath to serve the people instead displayed arrogance and abuse by attacking defenseless youths.
The actions of Paulino Elevado who, together with his companion Florencio Bato, chased a couple of youths through the South Luzon Expressway all the way to an establishment where they sought refuge and fired their guns toward their helpless prey, shall not be tolerated.
Mr. Elevado, an employee of the Bureau of Customs, has been relieved of his post and placed under investigation. He shall be charged with whatever offense we can find under laws and regulations that cover him as an employee of the BOC. He will be prosecuted to the fullest extent, to serve as an example that his kind of behavior does not have a place in a government that is supposed to be the people’s defender and refuge.
Committing his dastardly act using a vehicle that is impossible for a government employee of his level to acquire, Mr. Elevado shall be subjected to a lifestyle check and meted the corresponding sanctions.
However, Mr. Elevado’s actions were done outside his official duties and time. Therefore, there are limitations on what the BOC can prosecute him with, which are mostly administrative. Criminally prosecuting him for his actions rests mainly on the victims, who were the recipients of his abuse. The public is assured though, that as far as the BOC is concerned, we will charge him with whatever violation that we can find under laws and regulations encompassing our agency.
I give much attention to this case because it runs smack against my efforts to reform the BOC and regain the people’s trust and confidence in the agency. It is an insult to BOC employees who share this mission with me, especially the employees who have struggled to lead clean and modest lives in the face of the temptation to live on the fast lane and benefit from corruption. On a personal note, I am also angered that personal friends of mine were victims of a person who works under my leadership.
I implore the public not to let the actuations of an individual tarnish their confidence in the institution. While there are bad eggs in our basket, there are still more employees in the BOC who adhere to the principles of good governance and serve the public sincerely. It will be unfair to those who do good to be simply lumped together with those do not represent the best of the service and together be condemned.
While we take to task those who err, let us also encourage the good to continue being good.