FPI: Ruffy Biazon is the ‘right man for the job, but…’

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Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon is the “right man for the right job” because like President Aquino, Biazon is honest, according to the chairman of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI).

“Honesty is a very important trait a leader must have. We believe he is an honest person. No doubt about it. That is why we are strongly supporting his reform initiatives at the Bureau of Customs (BOC),” said Jesus Arranza, who heads the 103-member FPI.

However, Biazon “also has some shortcomings. And it’s understandable because nobody’s perfect,” he said.

“He’s too nice. He needs to be tough, actually, a lot tougher because he’s dealing with a corrupt-ridden agency. Incidentally, the same agency is engaged in a campaign against smuggling,” Arranza said.

Biazon said he appreciated the FPI’s “statement of support.” But as to his being too nice, “it’s just my pleasant disposition,” he said.

He said he was not so nice that he would “easily give in to pressure, granting favors and dealing with my people.”

“When I make a decision, I am not swayed by influence and neither do I back down from it,” he said.

Arranza joined Biazon’s call for politicians to “stay away from the Bureau of Customs.”

“The BOC must be insulated and isolated from politicians for the agency’s antismuggling campaign to succeed,” he said.

Biazon recently proposed that the customs bureau be insulated from political patronage and influence through Congress’ passing a law to prohibit “the endorsement or recommendation by persons of influence in the hiring or promotion of BOC personnel.”

This, among other reform measures, would greatly contribute to the antismuggling efforts of the government, he said.

According to Arranza, the customs bureau’s failure to curb smuggling is “not entirely the fault of the commissioner.”

“Customs personnel hired through the intercession of an undisclosed number of politicians are also to blame for the bureau’s current smuggling woes,” he said.

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  • cato_the_younger

    Corruption works two ways. There are no bribed customs officials, if there are no bribers. Carranza et all should also do his part and let the business community know that bribery is not only bad, it is criminal. (But somehow, I have a feeling they know that already……..)

    • boi skater

      Very true. The corrupt elements (bribers) are from the
      business community and are colluding with the politicians.

      • BruinBearDad

        I agree with cato the younger. However, I have been involved in the importing business (legal) of business equipment. Truly all above board. When I was asked by my father to get the shipment from Customs back in 1983, I had to give my paperwork to the first person on two rows of 5 desks. He put my papers in the bottom of the pile, opened up his drawer which showed wads of money. I had to add to that pile in order for my paperwork to go to the top and stamped. Did this end? No…my papers were passed to the next person and I had to do the same thing 10 times! It was not due to our company colluding with Customs. It was because Customs has instituted ways to be corrupt. The general business community does not want to bribe Customs, they have to. The ILLEGAL importers are the ones who are colluding with the politicians.

      • Al B. Ularyo

        Same experience in Department of Finance, when I was processing the tax exemption of my household goods 20yrs ago. All the same in most Phil. Govt. agencies. Leopard can not change his spots.

    • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

      Mga trapong padrino mga salut sa lipunan.

      Biazon!!

    • herecomesrusty

      Why do we need the BoC if we’re just going to ask everyone to be honest? We should now stop blaming criminals for doing what they do and start looking on why the BoC keeps on failing to make everyone accountable.

    • Handiong

      The problem is that bribery has become a standard component of the day-to-day work of a customs employee. You don’t pay the bribe and your papers will not move. And if your papers don’t move, your goods will languish in the piers accumulating demurrage charges. So, what choice do you have, even if it is against your principle?

      The sooner the BOC implements total electronic filing of documents, to eliminate person-to-person interface, the better.

    • Oscar Diaz

      Agree. The problem is in reality, corruption has become the norm in the Bureau of Customs and most government agencies, such that, you can’t expect things to get done smoothly through the regular process.

  • herecomesrusty

    >because he’s dealing with a corrupt-ridden agency. Incidentally, the
    same agency is engaged in a campaign against smuggling,” Arranza said.

    HAha, Lasing ba iyung na interview niyo PDI, bakit pang beauty pageant ang mga sagot?
    BoC is not “incidentally” engaged in a campaign against smuggling, it is the mandate of the agency!

    Laos na po ang paghahanap ng malasakit sa mangagawa. Ngayon, accountability na ang uso. Na miss ko tuloy si Mr. Robredo.

    • doncleo

      i thought the mandate is to collect the right duties and taxes..smuggling is only incidental in its operation to handle imported shipments that’s why the campaign.

      • herecomesrusty

        BUREAU OF CUSTOMS (BOC) As mandated by Section 602 of the TCCP; Assess and collect lawful revenues: 1) Prevent smuggling and other frauds 2) Control vessels/aircrafts doing foreign trade 3) Enforce tariff and customs laws 4) Control the handling of foreign mails for revenues and prevention purposes 5) Control import and export cargoes 6) Jurisdiction over forfeiture and seizure cases

  • Loggnat

    Biazon should name names and kick a$$ of those who will not tow the straight line and those who goes whining to their political sponsors. Take off the kid’s gloves and put on the pro-MMA gloves in dealing with the undesirables and hardheads in BOC. Make an example of several of the ones that thinks that they are untouchables and does corrupt practices in their offices no matter what the costs or who’s toes that you have to step on. Biazon should shake the tree in order for the over-ripe and rotten fruits to fall down. Show them who is the boss in BOC, if you can’t do that then quit so the president can find somebody else who can. Period.

    • tabitabi

      Loggnot,
      I just want you to know that I like your comment
      a hundred times.

      • etomacq

        I guess Biazon already knew who the smugglers are but so scared to name them.. are they untouchable Mr. Commissioner?

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Don’t give us any alibi, if you’re honest, please put on your brass knuckles and starting swinging your axe. You like to talk a lot and most of it are excuses.
      If nobody can control BOC, burn it down and open all ports, Filipinos will benefits from it. BURN BOC to eradicate the contagious virus of corruptions.

  • wilfredo h. villena

    Why don,t you name those politicians influence peddler.

  • Hellomr

    Si enrile ang sisihin ninyo marami siyang mga galamay diyan sa BOC .

  • doncleo

    Kung honest ka nga Ruffy: Kilala mo naman ang mga tiwali na collector at iba pang kawani dyan e di sibakin mo na bago ka pa masibak…pinaplano ka na nila kasabwat ang mga pulitikong ungas.

  • Fulpol

    World War III will start in BOC, pag nagkayarian.. civil war…

    LOL

  • disqusted0fu

    Biazon has an anti smuggling campaign just like Pnoy has his anti corruption campaign. Now these 2 campaigns definitely have something in common – failure. Both smuggling and corruption in the PH have been extremely rampant. Smuggling of oil alone is at P40 million a year. As far as corruption, Pnoy’s KKK are topping the list because they are the only ones who Pnoy doesn’t touch.

    Both Biazon and Pnoy promised to eradicate these things in the government, but with how worse these things have gotten, maybe both Biazon and Pnoy are not that honest after all.

    • mojo76

      wow you just talking nonsense its in the system that why its hard to eradicate,do you think just one term everything will be done i dont thinks so its a long process of healing……by the way go to youtube and search for cesar purisima interview in ANC and you would see how they will change the system slowly….

      • Brax82

        Parang ilang beses ko na narinig ung staement na “It can’t be done overnight…” Ilang taon na rin..

  • Noriel Bernabe

    letting it happen right under your nose means the BOC chair is one corrupt official who bennefited from it. Because his competency and credibility is being questioned, he is now proposing an abolition. Biazon not corrupt? That’s the biggest joke of the day!

  • Mang_Ben

    “Smuggling of oil alone is at P40 million a year. ”

    P40 million?

    I thought that it was P40 billion a year.

  • $4612959

    Honest si Biazon? Are you sure?

  • Benigno the Turd

    If I may suggest, there should be annual audits of customs brokers and ther transactions by a customs board or ombudsman. All persons in customs areas must wear color coded ID. those caught in unauthorized areas will be jailed.

  • acidicboy

    biazon’s inaction only shows that he thinks these people in the organization are more powerful than him. if he has malacanang’s backing then he could have at least filed charges against some of these still-unidentified criminals in the bureau. kakahiya.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Ruffy may be honest but look what happened to honesty when they revealed the truth about the terrible situation of poverty in the Philippines…Aquino bumped them out of a trip in Brunei. Besides…you can be as honest as you want but if you have little or no support in terms of system improvement then it means nothing being the Chief of Customs and having honesty.

  • tarikan

    I thought Ruffy Biazon has a deputy commissioner for “intelligence” to check on this alleged smuggling. They were appointed by PNoy in tandem. If I recall the name correctly it was Gen. Danny Lim, the fearless graft buster marine general. He is so silent that you’d think he is no longer with the bureau.

  • mangpepe

    maraming sindikato diyan sa loob ng custom gaya ng iba pang ahensiya ng gobyerno iyan ang buwagin ninyo para maging effective ang inyong itatalaga

  • $14334231

    if you are not easily swayed, what happened to your visit at port irene a while ago??…i haven’t heard any result about it, the fact that it is well-known for its illegal importations of used cars…..did tandang juan talked you out of it…..or did balut-pnoy intervened???…remember tandang went there a day ahead of you…don’t BS the people……

  • Joseph St John

    The BOC is graft-ridden because of the interference of politicians by putting their corrupt cronies so they could line their pockets with dirty money.

  • Joseph St John

    I agree with LOGNAT to name names whom Raffy Biazon said are sabotaging his reforms.If he does not he is to be blamed for the rampant corruption and never-ending smuggling in the BOC.

  • randyaltarejos

    Privatize the BOC so that these politicians will no longer pester it with political favors.

  • amelius23

    Retire the old guards in the BOC who have forged an unholy alliance with their smuggler cohorts and benefactors who benefited from their transaction with BOC for a long time and replace them with young, idealistic and patriotic technocrats with corresponding good salaries and perks who can help in putting back the much maligned name of the bureau back in order by increasing tax collection in the waterfronts..

  • kilabot

    agree.
    ruffy is honest, nice and doesn’t meet collection targets;
    put him somewhere else
    where he doesn’t have to meet collection targets;
    like doh, dole, dbm, dswd, …

  • http://www.facebook.com/bart.thinong Bart Thinong

    Corruption was not happened yesterday, it was practiced even during the old testament time and even CHRIST hate it. Worst here in Philippines, you know why? our leaders have no more moral values in life. GOD hate arrogant ang hatred hearts, tryto look at our leaders in Malacanang, people around us and ourselves.

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