Palace receives resignation letters of 2 Customs officials

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2017 12:11 AM

MANILA — Malacañang on Saturday said it has received the resignation letters of two Bureau of Customs (BoC) officials.

Neil Estrella, director of the bureau's intelligence and investigation services, and Milo Maestrecampo, director of import-assessment services, resigned following a congressional probe into the bureau's failure to intercept a P6.4-billion illegal-drugs shipment from China in May.

Estrella quit his post on August 11 to prepare for possible charges that will be filed against him, while Maestrecampo resigned on August 8 “to fight for my honor and integrity and in the name of ‘delicadeza’.”

Customs broker Mark Taguba alleged that Estrella and Maestrecampo were among those who accepted bribe money to process shipments in the agency.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte thrice rejected Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon’s resignation.

Lawmakers have called for Faeldon's resignation following the controversial shipment.

The House of Representatives and the Senate have conducted separate investigations after some 600 kilos of shabu slipped past Customs' green lane, which has relatively lax security checks compared to the red and yellow lanes.

Authorities eventually found the drug shipment in a warehouse in Valenzuela City.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who oversees the BOC, earlier told reporters that his department would conduct a separate probe into the incident when the congressional hearings are done.