Days are numbered for district collector PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:40

The days are numbered for Customs District Collector Atty. Lyceo C. Martinez in Zamboanga City, according to Vicente Torres, who represented the Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña at the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) regular quarterly meeting last Friday.

“His days are numbered. If he cannot meet the target collection he will have to go,” Torres said, referring to the current customs district collector in Zamboanga City.

Just recently, he said President Duterte had fired another high profile in the BoC. “We are cleansing our house and simultaneous campaign to go after the smugglers.”

Torres further said Atty. Martinez, in his effort to put a stop to smuggling activities in Zamboanga City, has requested the assistance of the Philippine Navy.

An anti-smuggling office has also been established at the Boc-Zamboanga that will provide proper guidance and procedures to other law enforcement agencies running after the smugglers.

“Customs personnel have also been ordered reshuffled to remove familiarization with traders and smugglers,” Torres told the RPOC for Zamboanga Peninsula chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco.

According to Torres, the customs commissioner has yet to act on the request to deputize the Philippine National Police in the fight against smuggling activities.

Mayor Climaco insisted on the deputization of the PNP, saying the local police have been aggressive in anti-smuggling campaign “only to be refused because of no deputization.”

Meanwhile, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agnecy (NICA) has been requested to look into the personalities behind rice smuggling in the city.-(Vic Larato)