In the hot seat: 21 Customs commissioners in the last 32 years
Corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was back in the limelight this week after President Rodrigo Duterte moved Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to another agency amid an P11-billion shabu shipment scandal.
It's not the first time that the BOC under the Duterte administration drew flak for a major scandal. Last year, 604 kilos of shabu worth P6.4 billion also slipped through Customs inspection under then Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
This key revenue-generating office of the government has had a hard time implementing anti-corruption reforms since democracy was restored in 1986.
No wonder the BOC has had a "very bad net sincerity rating in fighting corruption" among executives in key cities nationwide, based on a survey by the Social Weather Stations from 2005 to 2016.
Except for President Fidel Ramos, who only had one Customs commissioner throughout his term (1992-1998), other post-EDSA revolution presidents have had to find new faces to occupy the hot seat at Aduana.
In the past 32 years, a total of 21 commissioners have been at the helm of the Bureau of Customs, an agency that Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described on Friday as "corrupt-infested."
The latest to be named Customs Commissioner, former military chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero, is already the third bureau chief in less than 3 years of the Duterte administration.
Here are the people who have occupied the very hot seat at the Bureau of Customs in the last 32 years.