Instead of launching counterattacks earlier than the media, outgoing Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon ought to have cleared himself first of allegations that he was concerned in corrupt acts on the Bureau of Customs.
The Manila Times harassed this in its editorial because it additionally referred to as out Faeldon for disclosing a so-called investigation on a agency involving Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s son solely now – after the elder Lacson delivered a privilege speech.
“Former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon only deflected the issue raised by Sen. Panfilo Lacson that he is a crook to the tune of P100 million, which he allegedly received as a pasalubong (welcome gift) shortly after he was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Bureau of Customs (BoC),” the paper mentioned (https://www.manilatimes.internet/non-sequitur/346761/).
Also, The Manila Times editorial famous Faeldon based mostly his accusations on a report he had acquired from the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP).
Yet, CEMAP president and former commerce undersecretary Ernesto Ordoñez mentioned the report solely confirmed cement shipments by Bonjourno, the corporate the place Lacson’s son Panfilo Jr. serves as managing director, had been undervalued.
He added it was Faeldon who referred to as it “smuggling.”
Also, the editorial famous Faeldon had “all the chances in the world to drop the bombshell on Panfilo Jr. being a ‘smuggler’ to get back at the senator” throughout congressional hearings on the P6.Four-billion shabu “that obviously slipped past him while he was still with the bureau.”
“But he did not,” it mentioned, including Faeldon had a media briefing at an previous home to indicate he’s a poor man.
On the opposite hand, The Times famous Lacson identified that cement shipments aren’t topic to Customs tariffs and duties however solely to value-added tax.
The elder Lacson additionally maintained his source on the payoffs on the bureau “would bear him out that Faeldon is not the sainted one that he pictures himself to be.”