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Farewell Faeldon? Duterte to decide fate of Customs chief, officials- Palace

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President Rodrigo Duterte will decide if Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and his subordinates need to step down from their posts over the controversy surrounding the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China, Malacanang said.

At a press briefing Friday (August 11), presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella disputed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s allegation that Duterte “can’t” let go of Faeldon.

“I don’t know about the ‘can’t.’ But, you know, whatever it is, it will have to be the President’s decision,” he said.

Abella said it will also be up to the President if he will accept the resignation letters filed by Customs officials.

Bureau of Customs Import Assessment Services (IAS) director Milo Maestrecampo and Intelligence and Investigation Service (IIS) Director Neil Estrella have submitted their resignation letters to Duterte as Congress investigates how a 600-kilogram shabu shipment managed to get past the agency’s “green lane” to a warehouse in Valenzuela City.

Several lawmakers have demanded Faeldon’s resignation over the BOC’s failure to detect the shabu shipment before it was released from the Manila port.

Faeldon, however, said he will only quit his post if Duterte tells him to do so.

Asked if Duterte has told Faeldon or other Customs officials to go on leave, Abella said: “That’s not the President’s style to tell people what to do.”