Lawmaker lauds, cautions NBI on charging customs personnel

ZAMBALES Rep. Mitos Magsaysay welcomed the statement of the NBI that they are set to file charges against Customs personnel and brokers allegedly responsible for the disappearance of over 2,000 containers of goods from the Bureau of Customs, but cautioned the agency to validate their list before actually filing the charges in court.

“I am happy to hear that the NBI is taking action on the case which has resulted in billions worth of losses to the government. However, they should be wary of prematurely filing charges against personnel and private individuals simply because they want to prove a show of force,” she said.

“The NBI should be very sure that these are the actual officials and personnel involved, and check whether they are still leaving anyone out of the investigation. We want to ensure that we do not subject the innocent to face charges as this might compromise the charges being filed by the NBI in the first place.”

“This case should be airtight so that those who are responsible will be held accountable for cheating the government of revenues that are vital in fueling projects that can change the lives of Filipinos in dire need of them. This should be a case of quality over quantity because sure, charging 40 personnel will look good in the papers, but if these charges will be dismissed later on, then it will all be for naught.”

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