Meeting with PNoy to seal fate of Biazon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2013 03:35 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2013 11:35 PM

No indication yet PNoy has lost confidence in Biazon - Coloma

MANILA -- There is no indication President Benigno Aquino III has lost confidence in Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief Ruffy Biazon, but a scheduled meeting may seal his fate.

Asked if Malacanang believes Biazon can still perform his duties amid a case before the Office of the Ombudsman, Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said this will be the issue to be discussed between the embattled official and Aquino.

“Sa buong daloy po ng mga pangyayari, simula pa ‘nung SONA noong 2013 hanggang po sa pagre-reorganisa ng Bureau of Customs, ay naipahiwatig naman po ng Pangulo ‘yung kanyang pagkakaroon ng buong pagtitiwala at kumpyansa sa kakayahan ni Commissioner Biazon,” Coloma said.

Nonetheless, there is another issue that has since been raised, Coloma said, referring to Biazon’s alleged link to the pork barrel scam.

Biazon, who once served as Muntinlupa congressman, is among the 34 people charged last Friday over the supposed misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF). He allegedly got a kickback of P1.95 million.

“Ito po ay panibagong konteksto na hindi po related doon sa nauna nating tinalakay dahil may bago pong elemento. At ang sinabi nga po ng Pangulo, mag-uusap po sila ni Commissioner Biazon hinggil sa bagay na ito,” Coloma said.

Nonetheless, Malacanang welcomed Biazon’s statement that he is willing to face the charges.

As for calls that Biazon should already file a leave of absence, Coloma insisted: “There’s no legal compulsion for him to go on leave, ayon sa batas, at nasa pagpapasya na po niya ‘yon.”