- Customs Commissioner stood by chief-of-staff who called House Speaker an imbecile
- He said while he did not condone her statement, he defended her right to say her opinion
- He also said BOC needs more people “untainted with politics and corruption” like her
MANILA, Philippines – Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has come to the defense of his chief-of-staff Mandy Anderson after her scolding by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas during a congressional hearing.
In a statement released by the Bureau of Customs, Faeldon said while he did not condone Anderson’s act of posting her statement calling House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez an imbecile on Facebook, he stressed that she was entitled to her own opinion.
“I acknowledge that Facebook is a social media platform readily accessible to the public. I am not condoning the action of my Chief of Staff but Atty. Mandy Anderson is entitled to her own opinion,” he said.
Faeldon also dispelled speculations he was firing Anderson; instead saying he will retain her services as Customs need more honest people like her.
“I will let Atty. Anderson remain in the Bureau as we need more people like her whose character is untainted with politics and corruption,” he said. “Also, her personal opinion does not reflect or affect her efficacy in public service. We will remain firm in our resolve to provide good public service.”
Fariñas brought up Anderson’s critique of Alvarez during the hearing; saying it is improper for a government official to post such statements.
Later on, Anderson said the scolding might have been the House Speaker’s way of getting back at her and Faeldon after they refused to promote a Customs employee he allegedly endorsed because he was not qualified.
“What I can remember is that his head executive assistant called me in my cellphone and told me that the Speaker’s marching orders were to bring hell to me and the commissioner,” she said, after telling Alvarez they couldn’t accede to his request.