- Senator said new BOC chief claimed predecessor received P107 million as ‘pasalubong’
- He claimed Lapeña also experienced bribe attempt in his first days in office
- Faeldon’s lawyer scoffed at senator’s allegations, dared him to bring hard evidence
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson launched a new wave of allegations against former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon; saying he actually received P107 million and not P100 million as a welcome gift when he assumed his post in the corruption-riddled Bureau of Customs.
According to Lacson, it was Faeldon’s successor Isidro Lapeña who told him about Faeldon’s take in the BOC.
“No less than Commissioner Lapeña testified. He confirmed that there’s indeed the pasalubong money and he confided to me: ‘Sir, hindi P100 million ‘yung kay Faeldon, P107 million ‘yung inabot [P100 million was not given to Faeldon, it was P107 million],” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying.
Lacson added that Lapeña also told him how he also experienced a bribe attempt just a few days after assuming his post.
“Before the hearing, he came to my office and informed me, ‘Sir na-discover ko na ‘yung pasalubong. Totoo ‘yun [I discovered the giveaway. That’s true],” he said.
For his part, Faeldon’s lawyer Jose Diño dared Lacson to come up with real evidence to pin down his client.
“Can Sen. Lacson answer the most basic question of all: May ebidensya [Is there evidence], sir? After 11 fruitless SBRC (Senate Blue Ribbon Committee) hearings, has anyone come out with a categorical declaration that he paid tara or pasalubong to Capt. Faeldon, or that he texted, called or met with Capt. Faeldon?” he said.
“To quote PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), Sen. Lacson, go fly a kite,” he added.
Lacson has accused Faeldon of amassing millions during his tenure as Customs chief. Faeldon has denied the accusations; saying it was Lacson’s son who was engaged in illicit activities inside the BOC.
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