Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is pondering whether to undertake a crackdown on smugglers similar to the bloody police operation against drug pushers and addicts. Dominguez was asked in a BusinessWorld fourm on whether he planned to undertake an innovative aproach in going after smugglers much like what the Philippine National Police was doing which has sent a chilling message to the public. “I guess it depends on what the crime is. We will go after them. It depends on what level of criminality they are doing, whether a fine, suspension, or jail,” said Dominguez. “Should I ask for all smugglers to start surrendering now? After all Faeldon is there,” said Dominguez referring to Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, a former Marines officer. Dominguez reminded businessmen that they were also covered by President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy for change. “Listen to the President when he says obeying laws in the Philippines is no longer optional. And I’m sure he meant paying the right taxes as well as paying the right duties and taxes on your imports,” said Dominguez. But Dominguez assured businessmen that this administration preferred “consensus building” with businessmen in establishing reforms in tax and duty administration. “We are not going to do things unilaterally or ‘pabigla bigla’. We will have consultations like we did in Sulong Pilipinas project we did in Davao last June,” said Dominguez.