MANILA - Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Thursday opened his plain, one-story house to reporters in a bid to dispel allegations that he accepted millions of pesos in grease money.
Faeldon said he has yet to settle a P500,000 loan for the house he has lived in for 2 decades now.
The years have evidently taken a toll on the house. Some of its walls bear the childish scrawls, part of the ceiling has caved and its gates' green paint has peeled in some places to show the rust underneath.
Faeldon said his house and simple lifestyle prove that he has never pocketed payoffs.
Faeldon and other BOC officials have taken the spotlight in 2 congressional probes into their agency's failure to block the smuggling of a P6.4 billion shabu haul last May.
On Wednesday, Senator Panfilo Lacson named Faeldon among the alleged major recipients of bribes at the bureau.
Faeldon, for his part, denied the accusation and tagged Lacson's son as an alleged cement smuggler.
President Rodrigo Duterte relieved Faeldon from his post earlier this week and tapped Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Isidro Lapeña as the new Customs chief. With Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN