A former Marine colonel who heads the Bureau of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) has tendered his resignation over the controversy surrounding the invention of a P6.Four-billion shabu shipment from China.
Director Neil Anthony Estrella wrote President Rodrigo Duterte to say he can be unable to meet his duties due to the “unnecessary publicity” attributable to public consideration on the contraband shipment.
“It is as much a virtue to retreat in the spirit of delicadeza as it is an honor to pursue a worthy cause. I hope my resignation paves the way for an impartial investigation and leads to substantive reforms in the BOC,” Estrella stated.
Estrella beforehand testified that the 600-kilogram shabu shipment managed to get previous by the BOC’s so-called “green lane” as a result of it was declared as kitchenware.
Authorities seized the contraband cargo at a warehouse in Valenzuela City final May.
Private customs dealer Mark Taguba has named Estrella as one of many Customs officers who allegedly obtain bribes to fast-track the discharge of his shipments.
Estrella, nonetheless, denied his involvement in corrupt actions.
“I would like to assure you that I have never participated, and never would I participate, in any cover-up or bungling of an investigation for personal gain,” he stated.
The House of Representatives and Senate are conducting their very own investigations concerning the shabu shipment.