Employees of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) are currently feeling the heat after Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina ordered the addition of CCTV cameras to ensure transactions in the agency are free from red tape and corruption.
Due to this, Customs union President Rommel Francisco said that they might go on protest or even consider legal action calling it a violation of their human rights, GMA News reported.
"Bakit naman kami tututukan niyan? Wala bang violation sa karapatang pantao namin yan?" argued Francisco.
However, the Commissioner, whose surprised reaction was evident after hearing the retort makes a good point in a counterquestion.
"Bakit sila matatakot? Kung wala naman silang ginagawang hindi nararapat-dapat...," said Lina.
Despite their differences, both sides agreed that a possible solution to curb corruption in the Bureau was to raise the employees' salaries.
However, Francisco said something that, quite frankly, came off as a little disturbing.
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"Subukan kaya nilang itaas yung sahod namin. Ibigay sa amin ang tamang benepisyo. Sa tingin ba nila gagawa pa kami ng ganoon?"
Is it just us or did the good union president really just admit the perceived corrupt practices happening inside the BoC?
The BoC was the most corrupt government agency last year. According to an SWS survey, it got a negative 55 percent, a grade equivalent to a "very bad" rating.