Customs moves to put a lid on fuel smuggling

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte made it clear from the very start: he is going to eradicate corruption, crime and criminality in his six years in office.

But while he wages a bloody war against suspected drug criminals, other “criminals” are having a grand time doing illegal activities.

Such is the case with fuel smugglers, which the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said are among the agency’s biggest problems.

These fuel smugglers are quietly evading the Duterte administration’s watchful eyes, as seen in marked-down pump prices in southern Philippines in recent months.