LEARN from history, establish a focused counter-intelligence system to curb corruption, and prioritize leadership by example.
In his unsolicited advice to the Bureau of Customs, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson said that the measures he suggested would greatly help the bureau in cleansing itself without having to tap officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Lacson, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1971, cited a lesson from the 1960s showing the use of idealistic AFP officers to run the BoC did not work, after the smuggling rings used women to sway them.
"In the early 60's, some young, idealistic AFP officers were put in charge of the BoC operations. They learned fast, they couldn't be bribed or intimidated. The smugglers used equally young, beautiful women to influence them. The rest is history we don't want to remember," Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account.
He said the point is that smuggling syndicates, especially those smuggling illegal drugs, will employ all tricks to pursue their nefarious activities.
Lacson stressed the need for a sophisticated counter-intelligence mechanism in the BoC.