In a bid to eliminate corrupt personnel in the agency, the Finance Department conducted lifestyle checks among its officials and employees – covering the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC).

According to Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin, the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) – the anti-corruption arm of the DOF, is the one responsible in doing such to its umbrella agencies.

The RIPS is looking deeper into the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of its officials and employees so as to check if they are living within their means or if they have hidden wealth.

Agabin added that upon investigation, some personnel were found to have consistencies in their SALNs or are not declaring some properties and assets.

Five officials, in line with this, were recommended for dismissal after the lifestyle check.

Moreover, there were also high-ranking officials involved but Agabin declined to name them, pending the completion of the investigation.

Earlier, Finance Chief Carlos Dominguez III has ordered to intensify its efforts in eliminating corrupt agency officials.

In line with the matter, Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña assured that BOC officials are subject to lifestyle checks amid corruption allegations being hurled at the agency in line with P6.4 billion worth of shabu that entered the country last May.

Meantime, if DOF finds enough evidence against these erring employees, the agency has to file a case either at the Office of the Ombudsman or the Civil Service Commission (CSC).