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Faeldon questions Lacson’s motives for Customs expose: Gusto mong tumakbong presidente uli?

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Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Thursday (August 24) suggested that Senator Panfilo Lacson has ulterior motives in exposing the corruption within the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

In a press conference in Rizal, Faeldon slammed Lacson for allegedly trying to gain political mileage at the expense of him and his former comrades in the military who are working at the BOC.

“Now Senator Lacson, I texted you several times, why did you come? Ano yang gusto mo? Tumakbo ulit na presidente at the expense of our family names? Gusto mong magpasikat?” Faeldon asked.

“You know na matitino sila eh. I pity the families of the people that you’re destroying. Nagtatago ka sa immunity mo, you have the ambition of becoming a President. You prove that already tumakbo ka eh,” he added.

Lacson ran for president in 2004.

In a privilege speech Wednesday (August 23), Lacson accused Faeldon and other former military officials who are now at the BOC of receiving “tara” or bribes. He also claimed that the Commissioner received a P100-million “pasalubong” upon assuming his post last year.

Faeldon, however, stood by his men and denied they were involved in any corrupt activities.

Addressing Lacson, he said: Okay lang na magpasikat tayo but not on our expense. Don’t lie to the people, may pamilya ako at may pamilya ang sinisiraan niyo,” he said.

In response to the senator’s allegations, Faeldon accused Lacson’s son and namesake of smuggling billions of pesos worth of cement into the country.

He said Bonjourno, a company owned by Panfilo Lacson Jr., undervalued its cement imports by declaring a freight cost of $8 metric ton, way below the prevailing market rate of $16 to $20.

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