- Senate summoned justice secretary over Customs billion-peso drug smuggling mess
- Committee to ask Aguirre to explain the slow progress of cases involved with incident
- He also blasted gov’t agencies for lack of coordination
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has summoned Department of Justice Secretary (DOJ) Vitaliano Aguirre II to explain the slow progress of cases involved with the shipment of P6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs through the Bureau of Customs BOC).
“Sa susunod, dadalhin natin dito si Secretary of Justice mismo [In the next hearing we will bring the Secretary of Justice here]. He is now under subpoena to explain why up to now, the case has not progressed in a manner that it should have,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying.
Gordon noted that the DOJ failed to file any cases in the first two months after the confiscation of the drugs in a warehouse in Valenzuela City last May.
“That there was failure in the first two months, kasama ‘yan sa kasalanan ng Customs, PDEA, NBI, na hindi nai-file agad ‘yang mga bagay na ‘yan nang makuha n’yo ‘yung droga,” he said.
[That there was failure in the first two months, that goes with the other mistakes of Customs, PDEA, and the NBI, that they haven’t filed a case immediately when the drugs were confiscated.]
Aside from the DOJ, the senator also scored both officials from the BOC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for their lack of coordination in handling the confiscated drugs and feared they might be resold in the streets or used to plant evidence.
Several BOC officials, including former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon, have been under fire for the slip-up which allowed the shipment to go through Customs’ express lane.
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