Duterte: I won't wait for a law to remove brokers from BoC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte is not done cleaning house at the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

After firing more than 60 allegedly corrupt officials there, he’s looking at doing away with more personnel — this time, brokers and examiners.

Speaking an oathtaking event in Malacañang Monday, Duterte said, "Ang gusto ko, wala nang brokers. Pagka may brokers, may corruption talaga ‘yan."

[Translation: I dont want any brokers. When brokers are there, there will be corruption.]

Duterte said doing away with brokers would "cut corruption overnight."

However, the President said this was just a proposal, but urged other Customs officials not to transact with people who deal with brokers.

He said private companies should instead assign an employee to the BoC, who would then be its accredited liason officer at the agency which should complete their transaction in just two days.

He said he would not wait for a law to remove brokers at the BoC.

"Hindi na ako maghintay ng law... Sabihin ko lang [I will not wait for a law. I will only make a verbal order]... I am the executive of this government. There are things which I have to do that Congress cannot tinker with. Those are one of them because that is to save the country from perdition," he said.

CNN Philippines senior correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.