Additional X-ray machines might assist the Bureau of Customs catch smugglers, however they won’t be sufficient, Sen. Panfilo Lacson mentioned Thursday.
Lacson mentioned that whereas the Senate might assist the BOC purchase these machines via price range deliberations, the bureau should additionally deal with human intervention.
“Baka mamaya sisirain ang x-ray machines o hindi mag-function pag labas ang kontrabando. Sistema ang problema nila,” he mentioned in an interview on DZBB radio.
He cited info from suspended BOC threat administration officer Larribert Hilario indicating the BOC permits brokers to encode info into the RMO’s techniques.
This probably permits brokers who’ve one thing to smuggle to “hide” their gadgets from the BOC system.
“Ang tanong doon, sinong luko-lukong broker na alam niyang may kontrabando siyang ipapasok, bakit naman siya mag-e-encode ng information para pumasok siya sa red lane?” Lacson mentioned.
Lacson mentioned the BOC should evaluate and reengineer its techniques to deal with potential issues from human intervention.
“Mismong sistema kailangan i-review nila, mag-reengineer sila roon. Dahil kung ang mag-e-encode ng information kung saan sila papasok, ang broker, sabi ko nga sinong luko-lukong broker ang mag-encode ng information na pumasok sa red lane e alam niyang may shabu ang kanyang shipment?” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned the chief division can work with Congress on the matter.
“Dito dapat magkatulong ang legislature at executive branch kung paano ayusin ang sistema at papaano talagang tuluyan mawala ang corruption sa Bureau,” he mentioned.