- 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 d***s 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 d***s 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 d***s 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 d***s 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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