Marcos urges precedence to deal with agricultural smuggling

MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. really should prioritize allegations of corruption at the Customs Assistance, particularly stories of smuggled agricultural solutions, a political analyst said Saturday.

“I feel that is what he must be thinking about first. As president, how can he suppress corruption in the Customs Provider. Corruption there has been severe from the starting,” Edward Chico, a law professor, advised Ab muscles-CBN’s TeleRadyo.

In a Senate report, at least a few senior Office of Agriculture (DA) officials, 5 Customs officials and two nearby officials were being alleged to be protectors and smugglers of the country’s agricultural goods.

Previous Senate President Vicente Soto III urged the Marcos authorities to reshuffle DA officials amid the controversy.

Marcos, the self-appointed agriculture minister, has vowed to monitor down people involved in agricultural smuggling.

Chico explained it remains to be noticed Marcos’ political will to tackle the situation, “but the fact that he wants to direct the Section of Agriculture will presuppose that he wishes to aim on this problem.”

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On Marcos’ economic staff, Chico mentioned it was noticed as a “move in the proper path” as the chief govt appointed officials from “all political spectrums”.

“To be fair, the president, regardless of his political affiliation, truly chose the technocrats, and several ended up there to praise him,” the law professor explained.

“He obtained people today from all political spectrums, some for PNoy, some for Duterte, some for GMA.”

The head of socioeconomic organizing at Marcos is Arsenio Balisacan, who from 2012 to

Meanwhile, Benjamin Diokno, who served as central lender governor and finances secretary in past administrations, was named finance minister.

Diokno was Deputy Spending budget Minister from 1985 to 1991, Budget Secretary from 1998 to 2001 under President Joseph Estrada, and Budget Secretary from 2016 to 2019.

— Reporting by Sherrie Ann Torres, Artwork Fuentes and Jessica Fenol from Ab muscles-CBN News

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