By Junex Doronio
July 2, 2022
MANILA — Apparently trying to impress the new Marcos administration, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) under beleaguered retired Army general and Duterte presidential appointee Commissioner Rey Leonardo “Jagger” Guerrero has announced its seizure of over P30-million worth of smuggled frozen chicken, misdeclared as hotpot balls.
Guerrero has strongly denied a Senate report tagging him as one of the “protectors” of smuggled agricultural products.
“We need to act fast if we want to catch up to these groups. My standing order is to not delay the issuance of needed documents that will allow our agents to do their jobs well,” the Duterte presidential appointee said in a BOC statement on Friday, July 1.
He claimed that the operation was launched after receiving information that the shipping containers had frozen chicken products in it, noting that it is necessary for them to act fast to catch smugglers.
The frozen chicken inside five 40-foot containers consigned to a certain Lycan Consumer Goods Trading was intercepted by authorities on Wednesday, June 29, at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the BOC statement further said.
Also on Friday, Malacañang issued its first “marching order” that all those whose appointments are classified as coterminous be deemed separated from service immediately. (ai/mtvn)