Pres. Duterte Fires Customs Deputy Commissioner Noel Patrick Prudente

President Rodrigo Roa Duerte fired Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner Noel Patrick Prudente effective Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The announcement was made by Pres. Duterte during an impromptu speech he delivered during the condemnation of smuggled luxury vehicles at BOC in Port Area Manila.

The suspension of Deputy Commissioner Prudente was made following the supposed unauthorized withdrawal of 105 shipping containers from Manila South Harbor's port.

Pres. Duterte was quoted as saying "He (Prudente) is now under investigation by the House. The investigation, as well as the  recommendation, will take long. So I will cut short the agony of Congress. I'm firing him today -- Noel Patrick Sales Prudente," Duterte said in an impromptu speech.

The President added further that "(He is a) deputy commissioner. So I will make it easy for Congress. I'm firing him effective today," he added.

Pres. Duterte's statement came after the House Ways and Means Committee launched an investigation into reports that 105 shipping containers had slipped past Manila South 2018port operator Asian Terminal Inc. (ATI), after the BOC issued "manual" electronic alert orders.

Former Customs Deputy Commissioner Prudente who was assigned at BOC's Management information and Technology Group, had explained to the lawmakers that the alert orders were manually issued because of the "slow" response to the lodging of entry, noting that on the average, 6,000 entries are being processed a day.

Deputy Commissioner Noel Patrick Prudente was appointed to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in February 2018. He became the latest public official fired by Pres. Rody Duterte, amid the anti-corruption crackdown in government. Based upon the documents presented to Pres. Duterte, the President even found out that Prudente made excessive foreign trips.

Apart from Prudente, Duterte also sacked Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado and Transportation Secretary Mark Tolentino on May 28 and May 21, respectively.

Jurado was accused of favoring gambling and gaming firms, while Tolentino allegedly had "dealings" with Duterte's sister.

Watch the Speech of Pres. Duterte During the Firing of Deputy Commissioner Prudente:

Source: PNA

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