Duterte as Customs commissioner: Customs’ gain, Davao’s lost

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – Bureau of Customs-Davao district collector lawyer Martiniano Bangcoy said it would be the Customs’ gain if Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would readily accept the offer of the President to be the Customs Commissioner.

“But it would also be Davao’s lost since Duterte has been a known leader with a political will making the city to be peaceful and progressive one,” Bangcoy quickly added.

Duterte confirmed that he was recently offered by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to head the Customs Bureau, whose current commissioner is part of the senatorial line-up of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

However, he reportedly asked Aquino to allow him for a few days to think it over.

There were already a number of times that Duterte was offered of so many cabinet positions in the past but he turned them down.

Former President Joseph Estrada wanted him before to be secretary of the Department of National  Defense (DND).

The Interior and Local Government Secretary position has been offered to him by three presidents, Fidel V. Ramos, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Aquino. But he was quick to turn these down.

“This is the truth. I thought of those positions for quite some time but I said I am not interested,” he was quoted as saying.

He said he was not keen on accepting any national positions.

“I am not fit for them. Again, I never aspired for any national prominence position though I am a supporter of the president. I would love to serve the people but I never look beyond the boundaries of Davao City,” he said.

Bangcoy also said that the new offer would still be turned down because Duterte would no never leave his beloved Davaoeños. (ASA)




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