In the hot seat: 21 Customs commissioners in the last 32 years

Infographic by Andrea Canlobo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 26 2018 08:46 PM

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.