President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called for BOC (Bureau of Customs) Chief Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on July 31, Monday, about the Congressional inquiry and examination on the P6.4-billion worth of illegal drugs from China that were able to pass through country’s ports.
As stated by Robert Ace Barbers, Surigao Del Norte Second District Representative last Tuesday’s House Hearing.“I just want inform the honorable members of the committee that the President has called for Commissioner Faeldon at 4p.m. today in Malacañang. So we will allow him to leave and we will allow him to see the President today,”
A reliable source from the Palace confirmed that President Duterte will meet with Faeldon, Commissioner of Internal Revenue Cesar Dulay, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
The Bureau of Customs is under the Department of Finance.
Last May, 600 kilos of shabu passed through the green lane of the Bureau of Customs, which have lighter security checks compared those of red and yellow lanes. The illegal contrabands were contained inside printing machines.
The drug shipment was later found in a warehouse in Valenzuela after authorities moved on an information from Beijing.
Some senators were also summoned to the Palace at 5pm and it is unsure if the meeting will be in relation with Faeldon, according to Senator Vicente Sotto III, Senate Majority Leader.
The senators includes Sens. Richard Gordon, PanfiloLacson, Gringo Honasan, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.
A photo of Faeldon with the owner of the Hongfei Logistics warehouse where the shabu was recovered have been circling the social media was slammed by Faeldon.
“This attempt to link me in the apprehended shabu is outrageous. The photos themselves will prove that I only met Mr. Chen on the day of the raid itself,” Faeldon stated.
Faeldon said he unwillingly agreed to have a photograph with Mr. Chen.
“The people behind this malicious attack only proved that I had crossed big names in the illegal drug trade. However, this will not slow down our fight against drugs,” Faeldon added.
Meanwhile, Senators Richard Gordon and Franklin Drilon let out their suspicion about customs officials and staff having conspiracy with drug traffickers in the illegal run of the 604 kilograms of shabu.
The issues tapped two subjects in which Duterte is viewd to be sensitive to: corruption and illegal drugs.
President Duterte has pledged a strong strike on officials of the government taking part in drug trafficking. He has also swore to dismiss any of his appointed officials after getting even just an ounce of corruption.