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BoC caught receiving bribe

A Bureau of Customs (BoC) employee got a taste of what it felt like being closely monitored by close circuit television (CCTV) cameras and the public via livestreaming on the internet.

The personnel, whose identity was withheld by BoC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon while probe on the incident is underway, was caught on CCTV footage accepting money in his office.

“We have to check what he was getting and what was that for. That should not be supposedly the case in that office,” Faeldon told reporters yesterday during the official opening of the CCTV command center in the Port of Manila.

The BoC has conducted a soft launch of a live stream of Faeldon’s office and its adjacent offices in the POM building, with the CCTV command center located at the former brokers’ lounge controlling the online monitoring.
The livestream project aims to promote transparency in BoC operations.

At 10 a.m., Faeldon said the BOC employee accepting money in his office was the first to be seen in the command center, but he declined to give his name, pending the result of the investigation.

“We were still validating, but his face was obviously seen,” the commissioner said. (Raymund F. Antonio)