Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio met with Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla and discussed plans for the agencies’ task force and enhance measures in the prosecution of cases against smugglers.
The two agencies revisited several policies and circulars to resolve bottlenecks and streamline communications and procedures for case processing.
The bureau proposed to conduct a Legal Summit to renew commitments and boost their understanding and capabilities in areas of prosecution in Customs processes, which prove to be indispensable to the successful prosecution of cases.
Remulla committed full cooperation and support to the bureau in upholding transparency and accountability and assured efficient administration of the criminal justice system.
“We convey our sincere gratitude to Secretary Remulla for his support in ensuring a more aggressive prosecution of cases to serve justice and punish those found guilty of violating national laws,” Rubio said.
“We will continue to intensify our border protection efforts to safeguard the interests and welfare of Filipinos against smuggled and unsafe goods that pose hazards to our society,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rubio visited the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)and the Port of Subic and inspected their facilities to ensure smooth and streamlined operations.
NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan presented the port’s action plans in the performance of its mandates. She also led a walkthrough for the commissioner at various port warehouses, including Peoples AirCargo, Cargohaus, and NAIA Terminal 1.
“As customs officers, you are the first line of defense against threats to our nation, including illegal drugs, weapons, and other contraband. Your vigilance and attention to detail are essential in keeping our borders secure and our communities safe,” said Rubio.
Talusan, on her part, said “with the continuous guidance and support of our leaders, the BOC-NAIA has remained steadfast in our dedication and commitment to ensure the fulfillment of the agency’s core mandates of revenue collection, trade facilitation, and border protection.”
In Subic, Collector Maritess Martin discussed the port programs, plans, and achievements and guided Rubio during the oil depot inspections at the Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corporation and Pure Petroleum Corporation.