Watch: Faeldon says Duterte denied his appeal to fire him, vows to continue reforms in BOC

Image from Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon's Facebook account
  • Customs chief said he has told president to fire him over BOC’s P6.4B drug-smuggling issue
  • He said his appeal was denied however
  • He also said he will continue to implement reforms at the BOC as long as Duterte trusts him

MANILA, Philippines  –  With lawmakers throwing haymakers over his bureau’s inability to stop the entry of P6.4 billion worth of drugs, Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon revealed that he has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fire him to stop the fallout from spreading.

“I really don’t want to tie the hands of the president.  There’s so many insinuations, accusations. You know, the people that are involved here are really the people in his team, so I do not want to give the president the hard decision to make so I volunteered to him fire me,” he told ABS-CBN.

However, Faeldon said his pink slip was denied by Duterte through his top aide Bong Go. He also admitted that while he has not completely eradicated corruption in the bureau after a year, he will continue to implement the reforms he started — so long as he continues to enjoy the trust of the president.

“Rest assured, the permanent reforms I’ve put in place are already in progress,” he said. “But as I’ve said, prior to this, this is a mission that he had given to me that I cannot quit from, and I will continue to exercise with utmost sincerity and dedication as long as he is not kicking me out.”

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have vowed to look into the lapses or connivance among Customs employees which allowed the entry of the drugs through the BOC’s express lane undetected.

The initial House inquiry was also marred after Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas confronted Faeldon’s chief-of-staff Mandy Anderson over her post calling House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez an imbecile.

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