Duterte denies appointing new Customs chief


Posted at Jan 14 2020 05:15 AM

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte has denied a report that he appointed a new Customs chief to replace Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

“No, no no, no. Jagger remains. It was just… we were just shooting the breeze who are the capable guys to handle. But it doesn’t mean to say that they are… kung sakali lang,” he told reporters in Taguig City on Monday.

A Manila Times report claimed that Duterte had replaced Guerrero with a William De Jesus, a Davao-based businessman. 

During the interview, Duterte said that he is satisfied with Guerrero's performance, despite lingering complaints of corruption within the Bureau of Customs.

“I am satisfied with General Guerrero, and he stay there and there are still some complaints so I’ll talk to him. Lalo na 'yong mga tao na sinabi ko na paalisin na niya, some of them are lingering there. Sabihin ko kay Jagger, alisin mo 'yan kasi 'yan ang mga tao who have been there for 20 years, puro corruption ang ginawa,” Duterte said.—Report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News