Lacson belittles sacking of MARINA chief: One corrupt official gets fired, another gets hired

Image from Senator Ping Lacson's Facebook account
  • Senator brushed aside relief of Maritime Industry Authority head
  • He claimed Rody administration was just selectively hiring and firing corrupt officials

MANILA, Philippines  –  Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson appeared unimpressed with the firing of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III as he again took a swipe at the appointment of ex-Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon to another government post.

While not naming names, Lacson apparently twitted his nemesis as he also blasted the Duterte administration for seemingly engaging in favoritism.

“To one corrupt official: YOU’RE FIRED! To another corrupt official: YOU’RE HIRED!” read his post.

Lacson has long accused Faeldon of being complicit in the illegal activities going on inside Custom. He has also implicated him in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment which passed the BOC’s express lanes.

For his part, Faeldon accused Lacson of trying to cover up for his son’s alleged cement smuggling activities inside Customs.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently appointed Faeldon as the Deputy Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense despite the latter being confined in the Senate for contempt up until the present.

As for Amaro’s case, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte fired him after learning about his frequent foreign travels in the past two years.

According to the Palace’s findings, Amaro flew out of the country 24 times during that time period — with only one of them being official.

For its part, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will respect Duterte’s decision.

“The DOTr respects the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to terminate the services of Marcial Quirico Amaro III as MARINA administrator,” the department said. “The DOTr trusts that the President’s decision is just, fair, and unprejudiced as it was based on verifiable facts and a thorough investigation.”

“Rest assured that the DOTr and its attached agencies and offices will be very discerning and judicious in this matter,” it added.