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Lacson slams BoC payola

When multiplied by 730 days or two years, the daily payola given by importers through brokers or fixers to the Bureau of Customs for the accelerated release of their containerized shipments at Manila’s waterfront is enough to wipe out the national government’s current budget deficit of P147 billion.

Only 16 of 100 container vans can be inspected

The flow of illegal drugs through the country’s seaports could not be contained as only 16 percent of all imports coming to the country through the Manila International Container Port (MICP) could be checked thoroughly by the x-ray system of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

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HARDLY noticed in the welter of stories on more current events was the report last Friday that the Senate Blue Ribbon report on the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the congressional pork barrel fund, had ended up in the Senate archives.

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