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Duterte puts corruption-plagued agency in military control

Philippine president Duterte puts customs bureau under military control after 2 big illegal drug shipments slip through Manila's port

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Published on: October 29, 2018 10:00 IST
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has put the corruption-plagued Bureau of Customs temporarily under military control amid a scandal after two huge shipments of illegal drugs reportedly slipped past through the port of Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement late Sunday in an expletives-laden speech in southern Davao city before an audience that included visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. At one point, Duterte made a rude gesture and uttered a profanity.

Duterte cited "a state of lawlessless" that he declared following a deadly 2016 bombing to justify putting the military in control of the customs bureau. He said says the agency's officials will be put on a "floating status" and required to conduct their work in a gymnasium in the presidential palace complex.

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