Bureau of Customs blamed for oil smuggling by Sen. Chiz Escudero and Rep. Mitos Magsaysay

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez of InterAksyon.com reports that on Wednesday, April 3, reelectionist Senators Francis Escudero and Senate hopeful Representative Mitos Magsaysay "blamed the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for rampant oil smuggling in the country and called for the agency’s overhaul." Escudero and Magsaysay both called for the implementation of The Lateral Attrition Law.

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez of InterAksyon.com reports that on Wednesday, April 3, reelectionist Senators Francis Escudero and Senate hopeful Representative Mitos Magsaysay "blamed the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for rampant oil smuggling in the country and called for the agency’s overhaul." Escudero and Magsaysay both called for the implementation of The Lateral Attrition Law.

 

The report quoted Escudero, who said, "The Lateral Attrition Law mandates penalties on government personnel who fail to perform their duties. The unabated smuggling of oil products and other commodities indicates a massive failure of the BOC requiring top to bottom changes to be effected within the agency." For her part, Magsaysay, said, "It’s about time the President does something about this...He should replace his economic managers. I don’t understand why P-Noy is making them sacred cows who could not be touched."

 

The report also noted: "Earlier, Petron Corp. chairman Ramon Ang alleged that one in every three liters of oil products shipped into the country is smuggled, adding that government loses about P30 billion a year. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., the country's second biggest oil company, confirmed oil smuggling in the country. Its country manager, Edgard Chua, said oil smuggling should be considered plunder because of damages it causes to the economy."

 

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