Rappler talked with former Bureau of Customs Commissioner John “Sunny” Sevilla in this exclusive interview after his resignation.
His resignation came a day after he vowed to fight any attempt to use the bureau as a milking cow for 2016, saying he was not comfortable with with “politics taking a role” in Customs appointments.
The last straw, Sevilla said, was being pressured to approve the appointment of Customs Intellectual Property Division head Teddy Raval as head of Enforcement and Security Service, otherwise known as the Customs Police.
Although he resisted, he eventually found out that the appointment was pushing through. Sensing that the environment has become increasingly political as the 2016 elections nears, he opted to leave saying he’s “not comfortable with moral compromises.”
With Sevilla at the helm, Customs collections were up 21% in 2014 compared to 5% before he came on board.
With him gone, what happens to the reforms he has started at Customs?– Rappler.com
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