By Roy Mabasa
A ranking official of the country’s most corrupt government agency has put in print an in-depth approach to addressing corruption, a disease that has long plagued the Philippines.
Lawyer Edward James Dy Buco, currently Deputy Commissioner for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), officially launched his book “Resist: A Biblical Perspective on Corruption,” recently at a hotel in Intramuros while the BOC is being investigated for the alleged role of several officials and personnel in the smuggling of the 6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs.
Those BOC personnel supposedly involved in the drug smuggling scandal have been labelled as either incompetent or corrupt.
Inspired by the Holy Scriptures, “Resist” details the dynamics of corruption, its beginnings, specifically identifying the original culprit behind the crime, the schemes and methods, its effects on the downfall of mankind, the ways to rule over it and how to defeat it.
The book is being considered as having been written “from an insider’s point of view,” considering Buco has served at the bureau’s provincial districts in various capacities for almost 12 years starting in 2002.
A graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University where he obtained his law degree, Buco had served as Deputy Collector for Operations of the BOC’s Davao district from November, 2012 to January, 2014. Prior to his Davao assignment, he was assigned in Cebu City, where he was Deputy Collector for Administration at the Cebu Port and chief of its Auction and Cargo Disposal Committee. He was also the chief of the port’s legal division and accounting head of its bonds section.