Palace defends new Customs deputy
MANILA - Malacanang assured the public that Bureau of Customs (BOC) Deputy Commissioner Agaton Uvero will inhibit from any case that may involve his former clients.
Some have questioned his appointment since he reportedly handled a smuggling case that remains pending at the BOC.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, "I can very well guarantee you that any case that will involve Usec Uvero…Mag-i-inhibit po 'yan."
Lacierda said Uvero went through proper vetting. "We have taken all that into consideration. Atty. Uvero's record will bear out that he has been the consultant of choice of agencies like USAID because of his competence.”
He said USAID “has a strict vetting process and they will not hire anyone who is dishonest. More important than the professional connection is the point that he should abstain from any case involving his former connections, which we believe he will."
Meantime, Lacierda said he can only wonder about the motivation of Customs officials who were resistant of their reassignments. Some Customs officials even questioned these in court.
"May bago po silang trabaho. Pero ang tanong: Natanggal ba ang grade mo, salary grade mo? Hindi. Natanggal ba 'yung iyong posisyon? Hindi rin po…Na-demote ba kayo? Hindi rin.”
He said he does not see the officials suffering from “irreparable injury” as a result of the new assignments.
"Anong irreparable injury ang nangyari sa kanila…You did not lose your status, you did not lose your rank…You were not demoted, so anong nawala sa'yo? 'Yon ang magandang tanong,” he said.