Escudero calls for lifestyle checks on customs, BIR execs

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Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After challenging his colleagues and other government officials to waive their bank secrecy rights, reelectionist Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Friday called for intensified lifestyle checks on government officials of agencies where corruption is perceived to be rampant such as the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

In a statement, Escudero said the political capital that President Aquino had gained following his initiatives to stamp out corruption “can be sustained and enhanced by showing the world that the antigraft campaign in government will spare no one.”

“The Aquino administration has been reaping the rewards of Aquinomics—enhancing the country’s competitiveness based on good governance,” Escudero said.

“The next step should be affirming the gains by a show of greater commitment in purging misconduct among public officials and employees through lifestyle checks,” he added.

Escudero said the economic growth of 6.6 percent which the Philippines posted in 2012 and the first ever investment grade the country got from international credit rating agency Fitch could easily be related to the improved image of the country among investors.

Escudero earlier dared government officials and his fellow candidates to make public their financial records by signing waivers on the secrecy of bank deposits to accompany the submission of statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

“In the interest of transparency, servants in government without exception should make public their financial records going by the dictum that working in government is a privilege and not a right,” Escudero said.

In an earlier statement, Escudero said his challenge for a bank secrecy waiver also included his peers in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Escuero called on members of Congress to take the lead in furthering the transparency initiative by enacting a law requiring government officials to sign waivers on the secrecy of their bank accounts to open these to government audit.

In 2010, Escudero filed Senate Bill No. 107, or the submission of waiver of bank deposits bill, which sought the mandatory signing of bank waivers among government officials.

The controversy involving the illegal use of Armed Forces of the Philippines funds prompted the filing of the bill, he said.

“I will refile the bill in my next Senate term. A similar waiver was required of Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial and it only follows that all those in government service should be subjected to the same rules and standard,” Escudero said.

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  • cowboys2

    Sibak lahat…sarado lahat ng government agencies. Lahat ay mandarambong!

  • farmerpo

    Lumang tugtugin na yan. meron bang tumutupad sa SALN? Clerk sa custom o BIR o COA o DPWH naka BMW at VIP sa Casino Pilipino. Ung nga bossing, sa Vegas at Roligon, San Juan Coliseum.

    Scrap the whole BOC and start over. Alang paglagyan ng mahuhuli sa lifestyle check, laya din, i,e Erap, Corona, Garcia………boring na.
    Help frame a law to restructure all income generating offices of the government, Cheezwiz, that is the legislators’ job.

  • http://twitter.com/brixvillapando brix villapando

    Lifestyle check on senators first lalo na yung matakaw ng keps tulad ni senator boy pekhpek chiz…..

  • http://twitter.com/brixvillapando brix villapando

    tanggalin muna ang pork barrel bago ka ngumakngak boy pekhpek….dami nyo na naibulsang pork…tsk tsk kawawa na kaming taxpayers….

  • txtman

    MR. PACUTE LANG
    HOW ABOUT CHECKING YOUR LIFESTYLE?
    DAMING PINOYS NA NAGHIHIRAP
    PERO, PASARAP LANG TAYO AH
    LAKI NA PINAGBAGO BUHAY NATIN AFTER GLORIA AH
    BAKA GUSTO MO NAMAN TULUNGAN MGA MAHIHIRAP NA FARMERS?
    PITIFUL

  • randyaltarejos

    Escudero’s challenge to public officials and his fellow candidates to sign a waiver that will reveal their bank deposits can backfire. Rather than create more friends, he will create more enemies as a consequence. But I think it is a good step in the right direction, even if other people think, it is a way to accumulate POGI points for the Bicolano senator.

  • Cobra

    good idea & make no exceptions, karamihan sa mga tiga customs & BIR di lang iisa bahay,maraming kabit,maraming sasakyan, sa abroad pa nagaaral mga anak dapat talag imbestigahan lahat ng kawani ng gobyerno tapos yong mga di maipaliwanag na ari-arian kumpiskado.Naku po dadami ang may mga namana sa mga kamaganak na bigla.

  • $19543087

    Sen. Escudero your intention is well & good. Have your ITR & SALN publish in the media & invite your partymates & opposition candidates to do the same. Let us cut the crap of all talk, talk, talk buulllshiiiiitt!!!!

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Escudero calls for lifestyle checks on customs, BIR execs<<<

    SIMULTANEOUSLY, lifestyle check on POLITICIANS who are BIGLANG YAMANS. The nouveau riche pulitekeros na biglang umangat ang kayamanan ng mahalal sa pwesto…. yan ang siguradong-siguradong mahuhulihang may latik sa nguso. At yong dating may kaunting yaman ay di kaginsa-ginsang naging ga-bundok ang kayamanan ng ma-pwesto sa gobierno.

    Hindi lang sa BOC at Customs yan…..tirahin ang lahat ng ahensyang pinaghihinalaan ng sambayanan. Pero unahin ang mga revenue-producing offices tulad ng LTO at POEA…at mga departamentong malalaki ang budget tulad ng DOH, DepED, at ND. Pag nalipol ang lahat ng mga MAGNANAKAW, MANDARAMBONG, at MANGUNGULIMBAT na yan, makakatiyak kayong LALONG sasagana ang ating bayan, kabuhayan, at pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapapalis ng mga masamang elemento sa lipunan.

    Ilagay sa isang isla sa Spratlys ang mga TNL na yan at doon sila mangotong sa bawat isa sa kanila. Gawing Board members sila Abalos, Pichay, Garcia, Ligot, Hernandez, Mendoza, Ebdane, Ermita, Genuino, Syjuco Binay, arroyo, at ARROYO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riz-Manas/1414555877 Riz Manas

    Isali mo na rin ang sarili mo!!!!!!!

  • elgeepee

    WALANG KWENTA PURO IMBESTIGA PAGKATAPOS WALA RIN.

  • DirtyHarryLim

    Eto talaga si Escudero, bawat balita sa dyaryo palagi meron gusto gawin

  • boy_pogi

    matapang lang si escudero magpasa ng bill kasi alam nyang hindi makakalusot sa senado. his colleague will not call his bluff.

  • CheapJ

    The law on the secrecy of dollar account should also be repealed. Remember, Supreme Court came to Corona’s rescue on his dollar accounts during the impeachment trial.

  • jajabeltran

    mag kan tu tan na lang kayo ni heart. ^_^

  • wazgoingon

    Tama yan. One just has to go to the parking area of any BIR regional office and check out the most expensive cars there. For sure, this will belong to the top officials of the Bureau. Clean house first, Mrs. Henares before you run after the taxpayers.

  • kevin

    Old style,,but not good idea!!

  • mangtom

    Sana matupad itong sinasabi ni Escudero. Pero sa tingin ko mahirap mangyari yan kasi mabubuking ang mga skeletons ng mga magnanakaw na yan. Good luck, Escudero.

  • Stun Black

    check din nila yung mga politikong nasa payroll ng mga taipan at mga cronies.

  • ernievictory

    hmmm . paano naman ang ‘special friendship’ mo kay bobby ongpin na binulgar ng mother ni heart ? dapat i reveal mo rin ito chizcudero !

  • Albert Einstien

    FOI nga ayaw ni pnoy e..at hinamon na dati corona si pnoy at mga KKK ng WAIVER..xempre AYAW nila TRANSPARENT kasi…mabubuking sila….

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    In a matuwid na daan and if someone is really sincere about ushering in a new era of honesty in public service, this should have been undertaken since Day one to all friends and foes in govt. Measured by this fair standard, noynoy’s slogan ‘kung walang korrupt walang mahirap’ is pure sloganeering – all sound signifying nothing!

  • tra6Gpeche

    Checking the lifestyles of the people in the government, not only the BIR and BOC, should be done to see if a government servant is corrupt or not. If he/she is living beyond his/her means, definitely he/she is corrupt. But who will check their lifestyles? Mr Escudero did not mention what agency will be in charge of that duty and function.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    ‘WAG NA SIR, ‘DI NA KELANGAN ‘YANG CHEK-CHEK. BEING RICH AND FAMOUS IS THE PRIMARY REASON FOR BEING BOC, BIR, BI, DPWH, SENATE, HOUSE atbp. CONNECTED. MAHIRAP AT MAGULO ‘YAN SIR.

  • $14334231

    lifestyle check should be done on all government employees, not just officials….you see a lot of these people in bars and clubs who spend like millionaires…

  • speaksoftlylove

    Wag na kayong magtaka kung bakit ngayon lang nagchizmiz si chiz at magsipagbunyi dyan. Tuwing eleksyon nyo lang naririnig yang mga boladas ng mga politiko. What happened to the FOI bill, doo doo right? Parang ngayon lang kayo ipinanganak lahat.

    When will you learn voters? Simply pathetic.

  • Simplify1

    I believe that most respectable politicians (like PNoy) who do not wish to have an “absolute disclosure” of bank accounts, are not against the disclosure per se. I believe they are willing to disclose their bank accounts (foreign and pesos) PROVIDED THAT AND ONLY IF there is a formal indictable offence levied against them in the courts. Otherwise, why should the whole world HAVE TO KNOW about the exact money they have in the banks? within as short as 3 years, they may no longer run or are going to be defeated in elections AND THUS BECOME PRIVATE CITIZENS AGAIN…. It would be unfair for them as private citizens to have their information still floating around the public domain…..

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Many countries in Northern Europe doing it, France is on the way, there is no problem about it, only by thief’s it’s a problem.

      I will reversed the question, do there is honest Politicians outside Jess Robredo, Ka Beltran, Among Ed Panlilio, Grace Padaca and few others ?

  • Noah Ark

    Go after Bureau of Immigration 4th floor legal department as well, they have been extorting millions of pesos from foreigners for decades!

  • dragon

    mayayaman na sila,kahit yun ibang nasa ibang departmento ng gobierno,kahit pangkaraniwang empleyado lang basta nakikipagtransaksyon.mahirap sabihin na may tuwid na daan, habang tuloy ang ligaya ng mga kawatan,habang ang sistema ay patuloy sa pagiging bulok at habang walang napaparusahan.

  • kabayandinako

    Tama ka Escudero. Pero dapat isama na rin ipaimbestiga ang life style nyong mga Senador. Akala kasi nyo kayo lang ang may karapatang magpasasa sa pera ng bayan.

  • tamoy garra

    Considering his length of stay in Govt Service from being a Congressman of Sorsogon upto now a Reelectionist Senator, THIS IS CLEARLY another press release by Mr. Escudero in AID of ELECTION. Another empty rhetorics aimed to gullible Pinoys.

  • Thomas Edison

    BID will not even accept anonymous tips on line

  • Horst Manure

    Some countries now use Google maps to check of the style of house at address of the suspect.
    Don’t think much will change until you have an effective judiciary, like dirty diapers both need to be changed for the same reason.

  • Yobhtron

    I like the idea of lifestyle check on all government employees but the statement of Chizmiz is empty rhetoric. Press release ala showbiz.

  • Miguel37

    Lakas din ng loob netong si Chiz manghamon kasi alam niya walang papatol.. Pa pogi points ka na naman Chiz! Isa ka ring corrupt. Di ka makaka tikis ng boto sa akin. Bs

  • verconti

    papacute na naman.. walang wenta.. magtrabaho ka senado wag puru pa twitams!

  • boybakal

    Lifestyle check by Chiz….

    Now he’s talking, after his lifestyle was checked by Heart’s parents.

  • dodong1

    puro panawagan wala naman nangyayari,..NAKAKASAWA…TAWAG NG TAWAG WLA NAMAN SUMASAGOT..HA HA HA ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES

  • lex

    sige Check mo din lagi si HEART, baka mabingwit ng iba

  • boybakal

    You cannot take this man seriously.
    He is always laughing when he talks, or local lingo ngiting aso.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Long time ago in Manila my neighbor was a police officer.

    Always at least five new luxury cars, SUV, cabriolet, Mercedes, BMW, etc., parked into the property yard. Aside that his Children’s where at school in Switzerland(80’000,-$ a year per child, pocket money not included)
    The house wasn’t too bad, well located on a nice lot near Roxas Boulevard.

    That kind of life style need at least half a million US income.

    What is a Police officer salary ?
    Is it two millions pesos a month ?

  • Agat Sumi

    mr. escudero wag ka nang magturo sa iba, kayo sa senado ang mga pinaka corrupt na govt officials…wag ka nng magmalinis pa…kung may magnanakaw sa gobyerno kayo yun!

  • Rolly257

    Baka maisama ko sa listahan si Escudero…panghuli.

  • AllinLawisFair

    “Be good and you will be lonesome,” wrote Mark Twain. In this country if you do good and fight the bad, you will have many enemies and few friends.

    You will be against all odds and the world, for the world is full if drudgery and thieves. But this should not discourage one from doing what is right and righting what is wrong.

    Edmund Burke said it more succinctly with his statement that, “The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for the good to do nothing.”

  • $26606290

    Call ng call. Walang kocall. Kasi may tinatago lahat.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What a hypocrite face, my God !

  • disqusted0fu

    It’s a good suggestion. But what would make it better if they do a lifestyle check on ALL government officials, from top to bottom. Pnoy screams transparency and anti corruption, this would be the best way to prove it. As Escudero said, it should spare no one… So Pnoy and his KKKs have to go first.

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