Danny Lim: Enough of Customs' 'horror stories'

By David Dizon, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Sep 16 2011 12:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2011 08:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - New Customs deputy commissioner for intelligence Danilo Lim on Friday said he intends to strengthen the intelligence network inside the Bureau of Customs to rid the agency of all corruption.

Lim, a former brigadier general who participated in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, said he has already received marching orders from President Aquino to help improve collections and to win the war against smugglers.

"We have heard enough horror stories. They say it is in the system, in the culture of the agency [to be corrupt]. Hindi naman mangyayari yan kung walang kasabwat sa loob," he told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."

Lim said the government must have a clear and coherent strategy in the war against smugglers. He also added that he sees his status as a Customs outsider as an advantage.

"We have no baggage, we are clean. Nothing is stopping us from implementing what is necessary. Also, the sabotage plans of some people are expected. We will be on the lookout. Some will try to offer and seduce but it all boils down to character. Our integrity must be solid and moral values should hold so that we don't enter into that," he said.

Lim refused to reveal his plans for the bureau, adding that President Aquino did not set a timetable for him and new Customs commissioners Ruffy Biazon.

He said he will still have to study the current structure of the agency if it is possible for him to bring his own people.

He added: "I can work with the people already there. I don't believe that everyone there is a hopeless case."