Aquino accepts Danny Lim’s resignation from Customs

Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon and Deputy Commissioner Juan Lorenzo Tañada however, who also offered to resign, will remain in the bureau

OUT OF CUSTOMS. Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim (left) will be given a new assignment after President Benigno Aquino III accepted his resignation. File photo by Rappler/Arcel Cometa

MANILA, Philippines – Over two weeks since Deputy Customs Commissioner for Intelligence Danilo Lim filed his resignation letter, President Benigno Aquino III finally confirmed on Thursday, August 8, that Lim is on his way out of the bureau.

On the sidelines of a business summit in Davao City, Aquino told reporters he has spoken to Lim and agreed to give him a new post outside of the Bureau of Customs.

“I’ll be giving him a new assignment. We’re still in the process of discussing where exactly his new assignment will be,” he said.

Lim, a former military officer, resigned on July 22 hours after Aquino slammed the customs bureau for incompetence in his 4th State of the Nation Address.

Lim said the office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr received his resignation letter early Tuesday, July 23, in Malacañang.

“The expectation was simply too much,” the retired general said then. “I told Secretary Ochoa, please just give me another agency.”

The resignation of Deputy Customs Commissioner for Internal Administration Group Juan Lorenzo Tañada however has not yet been accepted by Aquino.

“I haven’t talked to him. But Commissioner Biazon is batting to retain Deputy Commissioner Tanada,” he said.

Aquino also vowed a “radical transformation” will be felt in the bureau within a month.

READ: Biazon offers to resign

Also on July 22, Lim’s boss, Customs chief Rozzano Rufino Biazon also offered his resignation to the President. But Aquino has decided to give Biazon another chance. –

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