Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday questioned former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon's motive for pulling together all players in a meeting before.
"Why would you call for the players? Anong intensiyon mo? Kung gusto mong makakuha ng information, 1 or 2 players pwede mong kausapin in confidence hindi yung andyan lahat ng players kakausapin mo," Lacson said during the continuation of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China.
Ruben Taguba, father of Customs fixer Mark Taguba, said he gave Faeldon a list of areas where 'tara' is notorious. He said he believed Faeldon then that he wanted to instill change in the bureau.
"After two months nabago ang sitwasyon, nagkaroon na ng tara. Kinilala lang ang players. Humingi lang sa akin ng advice. Nalaman ko na lang nagtarahan na," he said.
The former customs police officer added that once the commissioner says no, the tara system will not flourish.
"Alam ng agent diyan, pag di pumayag ang commissioner, walang magtatara. Sigurado ko yan," he said.
Atty. Arnel Alacaraz, former Customs deputy commissioner for enforcement group, was also present during the players' meeting.
"After that meeting with the players, with the brokers, the commissioner met with the BoC employees, not everyone. He called people from various departments performing different functions of the bureau, he met with them and one thing that I really couldn't forget was he threatened the people there na pag corrupt sila papatayin niya," he said.
But when Lacson asked, “May pinatay ba siya?” Alcaraz replied, “Buti na lang wala.”
“So walang corrupt,” added Lacson.
“I have no personal knowledge about that, Mr. Chairman,” he said.
Faeldon remains detained in the Senate after skipping the Senate hearings on the issue. He continues to refuse to appear before the committee.