More than 50 Customs officials, employees on “floating status”, set to be fired by President Duterte, says Panelo


Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during his press briefing on July 11, 2019 in Malacanang. (Photo grabbed from RTVM/Courtesy RTVM)


(Eagle News) – More than 50 officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have been placed on “floating status” and are set to be fired by President Rodrigo Duterte for alleged corruption, Malacanang said on Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that these officials and employees “have pending administrative and criminal charges.”

Panelo said that he still has no information as to who these officials were, but confirmed that they were all involved in corruption.

“Na-inform na ang high-ranking officials (of the BOC),” he said.

“Merong papalit muna sa kanila,” he added.

Panelo, however, clarified that Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero still enjoyed the President’s trust. He is not included among the BOC officials placed on floating status.

“The President’s latest action underscores this administration’s zero-tolerance for corruption among erring officials,” Panelo said in an earlier statement about the issue.

“The anti-corruption campaign is continuing as it is relentless. No one will be spared,” he added.

President Duterte, last week, had said that he would fire several customs officials for allegations of corruptions.