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Drilon urges DOJ: Take Faeldon as witness, probe Ping’s exposé on big-time smugglers

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to place former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon under its witness protection program (WPP) to expose what he knew of this massive corruption within the bureau.

Drilon made this call after colleague Senator Panfilo Lacson, in a privilege speech, revealed a list of names of bribe givers or players, collectors or bagmen, recipients of bribes in BOC as well as the breakdown of amounts given.

Lacson said Faeldon was among the first to receive a bribe worth P100 million, a quarter of which, or P 25 million was retained as finder’s fee by his middleman named Joel Teves.

Drilon said the DOJ should consider the revelations made by Lacson and start its own investigation into the matter.

He also said that now was the time for Faeldon to “speak up.”

“Should Faeldon decide to cooperate by revealing what he knew of this massive corruption in the customs, it is proper that he be placed under the WPP,” Drilon said in a press statement.

“The people behind this massive corruption in the customs have already been exposed. Commissioner Faeldon is the most qualified person to corroborate these claims of corruption under his watch,” he added.

Drilon said he was shocked upon hearing Lacson’s revelation but said: “it should give the Congress more resolve to address the top-down corruption in the agency.”

“It’s a shocking, disheartening revelation, but it behooves Congress to act swiftly to solve this issue of corruption in the bureau once and for all,” the senator said.

Drilon also called on the DOJ to review the testimonies made at the Senate Blue Ribbon’s investigation into the P 6.4-billion shabu shipment from China allegedly brought into the country by the Davao Group linked to Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte. (Philippine News Agency)