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Lapena to file counter-affidavit over shabu smuggling raps

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Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Chief Isidro Lapena will file before the Department of Justice (DOJ) this Monday (Feb. 11) his counter-affidavit over complaints which accused him of liability in allowing the entry of billions of pesos worth of shabu which managed to slip in the country in 2018 through magnetic lifters.

Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat, who chairs the panel of prosecutors handling the case, already directed the former customs commissioner and his co-respondents to submit the counter-affidavits.

The complaint stemmed from the six magnetic lifters containing shabu which got into the country in 2018 when Lapena was still commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

In the complaint filed last Jan. 24, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) accused Lapena of dereliction of duty, graft, and grave misconduct.

The same complaint also named as respondents over 40 persons including former customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Deputy Director Ismael Fajardo and dismissed Police Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto for importation of illegal drugs, graft and grave misconduct.

Meanwhile, the same panel granted the motion of the NBI to consolidate its complaint with the complaints filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Guban, Fajardo, Acierto and dozens of others are also named in the PDEA complaints which accused the respondents of importation of dangerous drugs, attempt of conspiracy, and for violating regulations issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

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