‘There are good people at Customs’

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“There are still a lot of good people here at the Bureau of Customs (BoC).”

Remedios Princesa, president of Bureau of Customs Employees Association, issued the statement as her group looked forward in working with newly appointed Commissioner Rey Leonard Guerrero.

“There are still a lot of dedicated civil servants here,” she said. “It is just that the public does not see how hardworking we are in our jobs. We even work beyond office hours even if there is no overtime pay.”

She expressed hopes that Guerrero would not prejudge Customs employees.

The public has been giving low satisfaction and popularity ratings to the Customs bureau as gleaned from recent polls. It recently made headlines when a large shipment of shabu stashed inside several magnetic lifters were discovered by anti-narcotics authorities.

During the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard, President Duterte appointed Guerrero, former administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), as the new chief of BoC.

Duterte had also ordered all BoC officials to be placed in “floating status.”

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