Gordon: No to Duterte emergency powers to split Customs


Posted at Oct 04 2017 04:42 PM

Senator Richard Gordon and President Rodrigo Duterte. Composite

Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday rejected a House panel's recommendation to give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to reorganize the allegedly corruption-plague Bureau of Customs.

"I don't agree with it that, the president takes over Customs. He has more important things to do," Gordon said.

The chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee aired his sentiments during the hearing into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China.

In an 82-page report, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved emergency powers for Duterte to abolish the BOC and replace it with 2 new bureaus.

The bureaus will be tasked with "(1) protecting and securing the national borders and (2) assessing and collecting duties and taxes," the report said.

BOC has been at the heart of 2 legislative inquiries for failing to stop the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of high-grade shabu in May this year.