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Duterte defends military takeover of Customs: Threat to PH security ang droga!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has defended his directive to the military to temporarily take over the operations of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“Ngayon ang sinabi ko lang it is not only the pantalan that can be the subject of the takeover because there was no law and order in the Customs,” Duterte said during his Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

“It is not because they are incompetent in computations or that they could not figure out how much the country would be earning if there are no cheaters,” he said.

According to him, illegal drugs in the country have become a national security threat since “shabu is entering the country almost every day.”

When he placed the BOC under military control, Duterte explained that “there was no designation, there was no appointment, and there (was) never an instruction for them to take over the functions of the employed.”

On October 25, the President appointed former Maritime Industry Authority administrator and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Rey Guerrero as BOC chief, replacing Isidro Lapeña.