June 23, 2018, 10:34 am
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Lacson dared: Prove son is innocent

FORMER Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon yesterday challenged Sen. Panfilo Lacson to present the cement import duties of his son and taxes as well as his income tax returns for 2015 to 2016 when the Senate blue ribbon committee resumes its hearing on the alleged “tara system” on the BOC next week.

In a statement issued a day after the blue ribbon committee ordered his release from detention at the Pasay City jail, Faeldon said Lacson’s allegations against him in August last year were just a “smokescreen” to divert the attention of the public from Pampi Lacson Jr.’s involvement in the smuggling of cement worth billions of pesos.

In his privilege speech, Lacson accused Faeldon of allegedly receiving P100 million in “pasalubong” from Customs brokers as well as connivance in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China.

“Lamentably, Senator Lacson is neither decent enough nor man enough to rectify his unproven accusations, with the same publicity with which he maliciously besmirched Capt. Faeldon’s good name and professional reputation,” Faeldon said in a statement. 

Faeldon, who reported for the first time in his new job as deputy administrator for operations of the Office of Civil Defense based in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday, also challenged Lacson and his son to issue a blanket waiver on their bank accounts and the bank secrecy law.

Faeldon was charged by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in connection with the P6.4 billion shabu smuggling before the Justice Department but the DOJ investigating panel cleared him and other BOC officials of any criminal liability.

The Senate panel ordered the release of Faeldon from the Pasay jail after he promised to attend Senate hearings.

Faeldon resigned as customs commissioner in August last year in the wake of the shabu shipment controversy and was cited in contempt by the Senate committee a month later. 

President Duterte named him as OCD deputy administrator for operations in December and took his oath a month later.

Romina Marasigan, spokesman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said Faeldon arrived at the OCD office around 8 a.m. and went to the human resource department to sign his papers. OCD is the operating arm of the NDRRMC. – With Victor Reyes
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