By Raïssa Robles
Below is one of the most unusual letters from a government official which I’ve come across in my years of reporting.
It’s a memo dated today from the former detained rebel general Danny Lim whom President Benigno Aquino III recently appointed Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Operations.
Its message is simple and to the point: Those doing business with the Bureau of Customs should stop trying to giving me bribes.
And if you are giving bribes, you’re being fooled by someone else to think that I authorized it.
I got a copy of it below:
Gen. Lim, please keep it up together with Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.
And may the force be with you both.
P.S. I’d like to watch some bribe givers try and see if Lim really means what he says.
glad to hear that.
at least a superficial notice is implemented.
makita natin sa gawa. abangan…:)
i wonder if the late jesse robredo issued a memo akin to that.
what i recall i he instituted a system reducing red tape in all departments under his supervision.
the jesse style, i hope, is the one in my wishes ideally worth emulating.
sana maglabad ang ating admin ng listahan ng mga executives na sumusunod na sa yapak niya.
…recall is he instituted…
You cannot prove bribery if the giver and receiver agree. The best way here is to review the official’s actions. If it is not in accordance with or in violation of customs laws and rules, fire him. The other way is to give this officials a strict deadline because it is in the delay or failure to act on a matter on time or within a reasonable period that causes corruption.
I have not seen or heard any attempt to entrap oir arrest bribe offerors or givers. Let’s entrap them!
I pray and hope that they will not be eaten by the current system.
Or that they will FEAST ON the current system.