- Senator perplexed by president’s silence on P6.4-B drug shipment
- He asked him whether he was also angry at Customs for allowing entry of drugs
MANILA, Philippines – An exasperated Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson scored President Rodrigo Duterte for the latter’s seeming silence on the entry of a shipment of drugs worth P6.4-B through the Bureau of Customs.
In a tweet, Lacson asked whether Duterte was also mad at the BOC for allowing the shipment to pass through.
“Aren’t you mad at the BOC, Mr President? That’s 605kgs of high grade meth that slipped out of the Customs zone under their noses,” he asked.
The BOC is widely perceived to be one of the most corrupt government agencies in the country.
The senator had earlier claimed that corrupt Customs personnel received at least P270 million a day to let an average of 10,000 containers pass through inspection lanes easily.
“If you multiply this P270 million by 365 days, that is P98.5 billion a year,” he said.
”Lacson’s colleague and chief Duterte critic Antonio Trillanes IV also took a potshot at the president, saying he was more focused on silencing his critics than on the BOC’s drug problem.
“President Duterte says he is mad at drugs to the point of lambasting those who criticize him. But in the case of the P6 billion-worth of shabu, as Cong. Alejano would put it, he seems speechless,” he said.
Embattled Customs Commissioner had previously revealed tendering his resignation to Duterte over the issue, but was denied.
“The Chief Executive reiterated his trust and confidence in Customs Commissioner Faeldon and asked him to focus on his job of serving the nation in his capacity as head of Customs,” the Palace had said.
Both the House of Representatives and Senate are currently investigating the issue.