- Ex-BOC chief reacted to Sen Lacson’s accusation he received P100-M from smugglers
- He categorically denied the accusation, described it as ‘irresponsible’
- He also welcomed any impartial probe by a third-party to ferret out the truth
MANILA, Philippines – Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon categorically denied Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson’s accusation he received P100 million as a ‘welcome gift’ from smugglers.
“Truth is justice. I categorically deny all your irresponsible accusations against me, Sen. Lacson,” he said in a statement. “I have not asked anybody to collect tara for me nor have I accepted any tara from anybody. Again, I have not done any form of corruption in my many years of government service nor tolerated those who tried even in the form of request.”
Faeldon added he is an open to an investigation by a third-party to ensure that the truth will come out.
“No is no. The country will appreciate a third party investigation by a competent body will be conducted so that justice will be served. Just like Honorable Senator Lacson and the Filipino people, I want the truth to come out,” he said.
In a privilege speech, Lacson tagged Faeldon as the recipient of grease money from smugglers shortly after he assumed office.
“Loud whispers in the four corners of the Bureau of Customs compound tell of a P100-million pasalubong for the newly-installed commissioner,” he said.
According to the senator, Faeldon himself tolerated and even promoted the culture of corruption after succumbing to the system.
“Unfortunately, instead of going against the system, siya ang kinain ng sistema [he was swallowed by the system] thereby effectively tolerating and even promoting the impunity of corruption,” he said.
Lacson also released a list of BOC officials — among them closely associated with Faeldon — allegedly receiving bribes for the smooth passage of cargo.