MANILA - Customs lawyer Mandy Anderson again defended Wednesday former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon over allegations that he took bribes while heading the BOC.
Anderson, who was the chief of staff of Faeldon, faced the Senate and belied claims by Customs fixer Mark Taguba that Faeldon gave in to the "tara" system during his term.
“No, I believe tara existed but the fact that, si Commissioner Faeldon received tara, I just can’t believe it,” Anderson said upon questioning by Sen. Richard Gordon.
Anderson insisted that Faeldon wanted to rid the bureau of the "tara" system.
She said that Faeldon called for several meetings with Customs stakeholders as he wanted to coordinate with them on how to clean the bureau.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee again wrapped up its hearing into the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs from China, without Faeldon as the former commissioner opted to remain in detention rather than face senators.
Faeldon has been detained by the Senate since September 12 for refusing to attend the inquiry into the illegal drugs shipment.