- Newly appointed BOC commissioner Isidro Lapeña warned employees against corruption
- Lapeña said he will implement a one-strike policy to boost the internal cleansing of the bureau
- Lapeña replaced Nicanor Faeldon, who resigned as BOC commissioner after he was accused of receiving bribes from smugglers
Newly appointed Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña warned that employees who will be found guilty of corruption will be summarily dismissed from service; saying he will implement a one-strike policy to boost the internal cleansing of the bureau.
Speaking before employees during the turnover of BOC leadership ceremony, the former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) head said: “Similar to what I did with PDEA, I will implement a one-strike policy to boost internal cleansing, which of course, shall be supported by intensified counter-intelligence efforts.”
“I intend to give each of you a clean slate, so we can move forward. Just do your work. Prove your worth, and I will back you up. But once I receive reports of your involvement with corrupt practices and such reports are validated: I will not think twice. Pasensiyahan tayo,” GMA quoted the new commissioner as saying.
Lapeña was chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Nicanor Faeldon, who resigned as the BOC commissioner, after he was linked by Senator Panfilo Lacson to the corruption in the bureau. Lacson alleged that Faeldon received a P100-million “welcome gift” from smugglers upon assuming office last year.