Especially if one is just a Customs "clerk."
After PNoy who was criticized by buying a Porsche worth P4.5 million, a Bureau of Customs clerk, who has been charged of murder cases and was caught chasing after a student in his sports car, is the latest hot topic of controversy among blogs and social networking sites.
Here's a report from ABS-CBN News:
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Bureau of Customs on Thursday placed on floating status a clerk who is facing attempted murder charges after firing a gun at a vehicle following a traffic altercation in Makati.
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said he has ordered an investigation of Customs clerk Paulino Elevado for "grave abuse of authority."
Biazon admitted he was angered by the incident, more so because he knows the father of the student that Elevado attacked.
"Doble-dobleng galit eh kasi una, 'yung trabahong ginagawa namin dito na i-restore ang image ng Bureau of Customs eh sinira niya as an employee at clearly, may abuse of authority," he said.
He said he has also ordered a lifestyle check on Elevado for allegedly driving a white Porsche and engaging in a high-speed chase against a Toyota Innova on the south-bound lane of South Luzon Expressway after the Innova bumped his vehicle.
Authorities said the Porsche is not registered to the customs clerk.
Biazon also said it’s impossible for Elevado to own a luxury vehicle based on his monthly salary of nearly P10,000.
A brand-new Porsche would cost about P9 million.
Elevado was driving a 2006 model, which sells for P5 million.
"Questionable na kung bakit mayroon siyang minamaneho na mamahaling sasakyan. Ni-research na namin ang pagkatao niya at doon nga namin na find out na may mga kaso siya, one of which is extortion," said Biazon.
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Customs is facing yet again another controversy with its officials. A Facebook page has been created for the "clerk" and contained hate messages and disappointment among netizens.