Ping advises son to face ‘smuggling’ issue in Senate: Bahala siyang sumagot
Senator Panfilo Lacson said he would convince his son, Pampi, to attend a Senate hearing if invited to shed light on allegations by former Customs Commissioner Nick Faeldon that his son was engaged in cement smuggling.
“Kung gusto ipatawag ng kung anong committee, I’ll tell him. I can only convince him. Di ako keeper niya, may sarili nang buhay yan. It’s his call. I can only advise him. Face this head-on,” said Lacson in a press conference.
“Ang sinabi ko lang sa kanya you better prepare all your documents. Kanina sabi ko kung meron kang tinatago riyan better be prepared. Because ako na mismo, I will not wait for other people much less Faeldon to file charges against him. Uunahan ko pa siya kung talagang merong kalokohan,” Lacson added.
Lacson said he spoke with Pampi before he dropped his corruption expose on Faeldon and inside the Bureau of Customs last Wednesday and after Faeldon made a counter expose on Pampi Thursday morning.
“I was talking to my son, less than a minute ago. Sabi ko sa kanya, sigurado kayong walang kalokohan ang ginagawa ninyo? Even before that, before I decided to deliver a privilege speech to expose the shenanigans in Customs, tinanong ko rin siya, mag-e-expose ako. Baka mamaya nagsesemento kayo baka mamaya may … Sabi niya ‘Wala Daddy’. Okay fine,” Lacson said.
Lacson clarified that there could be no smuggling because cement could be brought in duty free. He debunked Faeldon’s claim that Pampi undervalued his freight costs – used as the basis for charging value added tax on cement imports – by 50 percent from $16 to $8 per ton.
“That’s too high. Nag-text sa akin kanina, a friend from Cebu, shipping nickel to China, nirelay niya sa common friend, please tell Senator Ping na ang claim ni Faeldon na $16 per ton masyadong mataas yan, kasi export ng nickel sa China $8 to $9 per ton,” said Lacson noting that freight costs have collapsed in Asia.
“Sabi niya Pampi) I can even get records from his (exporter’s) HK office to show na ganoon lang talaga ang freight. At kung may question sa freight contract naman, sabi niya ‘Dad meron kaming contract sa freight sa shipping pwede ipakita yan’. And na-validate na talgang $8-9 per ton ang shipment to China, mas mababa raw ang papuntang Vietnam,” he added.
Lacson said his son was a business partner in a firm importing cements from Chinese supplier. “May Chinese, di naman partners, parang ito nagsu-supply. Ganoon lang more or less ang alam ko. Pero ang details ng kanyang business di ko pinapakialaman. I have my own issues to confront. And he’s old enough to know what he’s supposed to do right.But he’s not a broker, I don’t think he is a broker,” said Lacson.
Lacson stressed he was not involved in his son’s business affairs, except that one time when Pampi asked his help to operate a Xerox machine.
“Nag-xerox ako ng PS mark. Kasi ang naapprove ng DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) ang PS sa quality, standard ng mga i-import na goods. Yun lang. Wala akong ibang naitulong sa kanya kungdi mag-operate ng Xerox machine sa bahay kasi wala siyang Xerox copier,” said Lacson.
“I’m not involved in whatever manner. Di ko dummy (anak ko0 kasi di ko nga alam, wala akong pakialam, nothing to do with his business. Kung malaki ang kinikita noon, nagpagawa ng bahay, maihgit dalawang taon di pa tapos. Halos isang kahig isang tuka. Pag kumikita ng kaunti nagpapadagdag sa paggawa ng bahay niya,” he added.