Lawyer lambasts Customs Employees Union President for protesting against installation of anti-corruption CCTV’s

A post lambasting a government employee for howling in protest against the installation of more CCTV’s in government offices has been doing the rounds online.

Bruce Rivera lambast Customs employee for protesting against CCTV camera installations in the Bureau

Credito Atty. Bruce Rivera

In a Facebook post published recently, Atty. Bruce Rivera chided Rommel Francisco, President of the Bureau of Customs Employees Association-POM Chapter for having the audacity to question the installation of CCTV’s in the offices of the Customs, designed to deter corruption in the Bureau.

In the post, Atty. Bruce Rivera made a scathing remark against the Rommel Francisco in response to the controversial statement he made on primetime TV and wrote:

Akala ko ba nakapasok ka sa BOC dahil alam mo na ang public office is a public trust and that you should be living modest lives.

So, alam niyo ang pinasukan niyo nung pumasok kayo sa gobyerno. Ano ang problema ng CCTV?

Kami nga sa San Beda may ganun, hindi naman ikinababa ng pagkatao namin. Tsaka, alam mo na sa gobyerno, maliit ang sahod. Ang mga taga-DSWD nga na pareho ang salary grade, naglalakad pauwi habang may kotse ang BOC employee. Hindi dahilan ang kababaan ng sweldo para rumaket. Hwag ninyo iblame ang gobyerno sa liit ng sweldo. Gusto mo malaking sweldo, mag-abroad ka o di kaya magtrabaho ka sa isang multinational company na mataas ang sahod. Dun ako naiinis eh, justify mo pa pagiging gahaman mo. Aminin mo na gusto mo lang ng pera kesa emote ka na mababa ang sweldo. Mahiya kayo sa taong-bayan….kahit konti.

Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, palagay mo boboto sila kay Duterte?

Recently, Commissioner Bert Lina of the Bureau of Customs has initiated the installation, additional CCTV cameras in the Bureau to fight graft and corruption.

In a news report by Jun Veneracion of the State of the Nation, where in Commissioner Bert Lina issued the directive to install additional CCTV cameras specifically in transaction areas and other payment windows to deter red tape.

Rommel Francisco, President of the Bureau of Customs Employees Association-POM Chapter threatened to question the CCTV installations in the court and to stage a protest because it allegedly trampled on the rights of the Customs employees to privacy.

Bakit naman kami tututukan niyan, di po violation sa karapatang pantao yan? (Why are they pointing CCTV on us? Isn’t it a violation of our rights as a person?

The statement from the President of the Bureau of Customs Employees Association requires the response of Commissioner Bert Lina to assuage their apprehensions.

Bakit sila natatakot kung wala naman silang ginagawang di karapat-dapat? Why are they scared if they are not doing anything illegal?

The move to install CCTV’s is a step forward to combat the perception that the agency is the most corrupt in the government.

The perception is not without basis, because in the 2015 SWS survey, the Bureau of Customs emerged on top as the most corrupt government agencies. In fact, the agency received -55% trust rating in the said survey.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Bert Lina and the Customs Employees union have agreed that increasing the salaries of the employees is one of the solutions to fight graft and corruption in the Bureau.

Rommel Francisco, President of the Bureau of Customs Employees Association-POM Chapter was quoted as saying:

Subukan kaya nila itaas ang mga sahod namin. Ibigay sa amin ang tamang benipisyo. Sa tingin ba nila gagawa pa kami ng ganun? Why not try raising our salary. Give us the proper benefits. Do they think we will still be doing those things? (illegal practices)

Original post of Atty. Bruce Rivera.



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