(Christina Mendez – Philippine Star)
The culture of corruption at Manila’s ports is deeply rooted and has been going on for decades, affecting almost everyone from security guards and enforcers to truckers and sub-contractors of shipping lines, the president of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) said yesterday.
Speaking before the Senate committee on trade and commerce, ICTSI president Christian Gonzalez admitted that the ports have been plagued with corruption since the 1980s when the peso-dollar rate was still P25:$1.
Each transaction then would fetch as much P1,000, and money would change hands at the port canteen. He said manual transactions at the ports may have contributed to corruption. Read more here.