Sen. Ping Lacson claimed former Customs chief Nick Faeldon was mendacity when he accused the senator’s son, Pampi, of participating in cement smuggling.
“Kasi kung sabi niya matagal na, dapat noon finilean niya (ng kaso). And he could have called my attention noon. ‘Sir, ang anak n’yo, may problema. He never did,” mentioned Lacson in a press briefing.
“But I never called his (Faeldon) office. I never interceded. My son never sought my help naman din kasi nga nagbabayad sila ng legal na VAT (value added tax),” he mentioned.
“Ang issue rito is sinasabi niya, undervalued ang freight na dapat $16. May nagtext na common friend ng isang exporter ng nickel to China, ‘Tell Senator that $16 per ton masyadong mataas ang kanilang binabayaran,’” Lacson mentioned. Faeldon claimed that Pampi undervalued his cement shipments by 50 % of $eight.
Faeldon uncovered Pampi’s alleged questionable dealings with the Bureau of Customs (BoC) a day after Lacson delivered a privilege speech during which Lacson accused Faeldon of receiving a P100 million “welcome gift” and recognized the most important smugglers he allowed to function within the BOC sinc ehe took over in July 2016.
Lacson mentioned that if Faeldon had the products on his son, he ought to have come ahead and gave him the data.
“Sabi ko my office is open anytime, you can just proceed and go there. He never did,” the senator mentioned.
“During the budget deliberations last year nagkita kami sa committee hearing tumayo siya sabi ‘Sir mag-call ako sa inyo to seek your advice kasi mabigat ang napasukan kong assignment’,” he mentioned.
“Then sa plenary debates nagkita kami sa gallery ganoon din, sabi niya,’Sir mag-courtesy call ako’. ‘Go ahead’, sabi ko, ‘anytime’. Ganoon lang engagement namin,” mentioned Lacson.