MANILA-- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed administrative charges against three employees of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) after they were caught accepting bribes in their offices as seen in closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footages.
With this, Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said that a preventive suspension was issued against the employees pending the investigation of their cases.
I have given my orders to the concerned officials of the Investigation Division to expedite the probe and once proven guilty, criminal complaints will be filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman, he said in a statement.
The said employees, who were not identified, were seen accepting money from brokers on several instances while processing entries at the port.
Deputy Commissioner Gerardo Gambala said that the footages will be used as evidence against the MICP personnel.
After four months of monitoring, the CCTV footages will serve as a strong evidence against them and if proven true, they should be punished, he said.
Some 400 CCTV cameras are installed in various BOC offices and being monitored 24/7 by ComCen personnel.
We can see how vital these cameras are as countermeasures to curb corruption in the bureau, Gambala said.
Meanwhile, MICP district collector Vincent Philip Maronilla expressed dismay over the incident, as he vowed to fight erring BOC employees.
We will make sure that the full strength of the law will be applied to these employees, Maronilla said.
Source: Philippine News Agency