Alvarez on his way out, PNoy says

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2011 07:41 AM | Updated as of Sep 01 2011 11:32 PM

BEIJING, China - President Benigno Aquino said he is not satisfied with outgoing Customs chief Angelito Alvarez's performance, especially when it comes to curbing smuggling.

Aquino, however, refused to name Alvarez's replacement who will assume the post after September 16.

"Yung papalit kasi pinangakuan ko may time out siya hanggang September 16. Yung asawa niya na reluctantly pumayag, nakiusap na baka pwedeng may last few quiet moments. Parang anniversary nila yata malalpit-lapit sa 16 e. So tutal naman may kalbaryong papasukan yung tao, palagay ko naman hindi naman masyadong mabigat yung hiniling niya na 'Pwede naman bigyan n'yo ako ng kaunting katahimkian muna,'" Aquino told reporters at the sidelines of his state visit to China.

The President said Alvarez was not able to accomplish certain tasks that include curbing smuggling.

"He had a year to do the things that I have tasked [him to do] and I am not satisfied. Let me give you [an example]. 'Di ba sinabi ko noong kampanya, inambisyon ko, smuggler hahabulin natin-literally ako manghuhuli ng container vans. O nangyari na ba? Where's the data that would have led us to [that]? Ang masakit, pati container van nawala e."

Aquino gave credit to Alvarez for increasing the revenue collection of the Bureau of Customs but apparently this was not enough to save Alvarez from the ax.

"Napataas naman niya maski papaano yung Customs collection, iwan ko na lang siguro doon. Pero there are certain things that I have been asking. I have asked the supervisor which is the Secretary of Finance and I was not given an answer that I like. Certain priorities of mine I think were not attended to," Aquino said.