President Rodrigo Duterte is asking 64 employees of the Bureau of Customs to resign or choose to face corruption charges
“If I can dismiss them, I will be dismissing something like 64 Customs employees. In the meantime that their case are being heard, in obedience of the rule of the right to be heard, I want them to be here in Malacañang,” President Duterte said on July 11.
“My view is that help me craft a new implementing rules of how not to rob a country properly. So I will be asking them to report here. And from the sources that I have commissioned, akin lang, I would have cut down corruption by a third or one-half,” he said.
“But most of them ‘yung nandiyan na, we will be filing charges, 64 of them. So at this early, they might be also learning the – what’s going on here, and they are also hearing us. It’s a simple case of – you resign or I file charges. And that goes for all of us. We are workers of government and we serve the people, period,” he said.
On July 10, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Duterte “directed the freezing of several high-ranking Customs officials and employees, whose names would be disclosed at the appropriate time, as they face administrative and criminal charges, for unlawful activities.”