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‘Baffling’, senators say on Faeldon’s claims on Lacson’s son into cement smuggling

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Senators questioned the timing of former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon’s revelations linking the son of their colleague, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, in smuggling activities after he was fired from his post and a day after Lacson accused the former Magdalo officer of accepting P100 million welcome gift from smugglers.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asked why Faeldon did not take legal action or did not call Lacson’s attention on alleged cement smuggling operations of his son and name sake, Panfilo “Pampy” Lacson Jr.

“Bakit hindi nila kinilusan ‘yan agad? Bakit ngayon lang bibira pagkatapos syang birahin ni Lacson? We have to make sure that this is not pang-lihis lang ng issue and Faeldon should state everything he knows about everyone involved in suspicious activities in customs and not only concentrate his return fire on the person who exposed the tara system in BOC,” Pimentel said in a text message to reporters.

“Why only now, 24 hours after Lacson’s exposè?” Drilon commented, describing Faeldon’s tact as an act of desperation.

“I have full faith in the uprightness of Lacson and his family. Without any evidence other than Faeldon’s allegation, I will oppose any investigation. It will be a waste of time and will simply be used as a venue for character assassination,” he added.

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