President Rodrigo Duterte will decide if Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and his subordinates want to step down from their posts over the controversy surrounding the P6.Four-billion shabu cargo from China, Malacanang stated.
At a press briefing Friday (August 11), presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella disputed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s allegation that Duterte “can’t” let go of Faeldon.
“I don’t know about the ‘can’t.’ But, you know, whatever it is, it will have to be the President’s decision,” he stated.
Abella stated it would even be up to the President if he’ll settle for the resignation letters filed by Customs officers.
Bureau of Customs Import Assessment Services (IAS) director Milo Maestrecampo and Intelligence and Investigation Service (IIS) Director Neil Estrella have submitted their resignation letters to Duterte as Congress investigates how a 600-kilogram shabu cargo managed to get previous the company’s “green lane” to a warehouse in Valenzuela City.
Several lawmakers have demanded Faeldon’s resignation over the BOC’s failure to detect the shabu cargo earlier than it was launched from the Manila port.
Faeldon, nonetheless, stated he’ll solely stop his post if Duterte tells him to accomplish that.
Asked if Duterte has informed Faeldon or different Customs officers to go on depart, Abella stated: “That’s not the President’s style to tell people what to do.”