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No hard feelings! Duterte: Erring BOC personnel may question legality of dismissal

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed relieved Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel allegedly involved in corruption to tender their resignation or face administrative charges.

Corruption-related cases will be filed against them “unless they opt to resign,” said Duterte’s mouthpiece Salvador Panelo in a statement.

Duterte, who earlier announced that he dismissed all 64 personnel of the administrative section of the BOC, met with “several” of them in Malacañang last Thursday.

“The President has been forthright in telling these customs officials and employees that corruption has no place under his watch,” according to Panelo.

“Let this serve as a reminder to all those officials or employees in the government that they cannot escape liability or accountability for their acts of corruption under the Duterte administration,” he added.

The presidential spokesman, meanwhile, noted the erring personnel are legally entitled to a remedy for their dismissal.

“PRRD assured them that he would not begrudge them if they would avail of legal remedies to question their removal from office.

“Pending the filing of cases, they shall be in floating status without authority to act on official matters,” he added.

Panelo said Duterte also thanked the BOC officials and employees for accepting his invitation to meet him in Malacañang, saying it shows they still respect him.

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