Biazon names man behind alleged demolition job

By Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2013 10:57 AM | Updated as of Apr 12 2013 06:57 PM

MANILA - Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon is hoping to have a one-on-one talk with President Aquino to discuss what he believes is a demolition job against him.

Biazon previously tagged a certain “Mister G” as the one behind alleged attempts to oust him.

Now, Biazon has identified “Mister G” as Atty. Gallant Soriano, a Deputy Customs Commissioner during the Arroyo administration.

"Di ko siya kilala personally. Naririnig ko usap-usapan, sabi well connected. Probably so, kasi former official, pumasok rin sa pulitika,” he said.

Biazon believes Soriano is using the issue of smuggling because he wants to become Customs chief, a claim Soriano denies.

"Hindi ko maintindihan kung paanong nasama ako dyan. Wala po akong application. Nagtataka ako kung saan galing,” Soriano said.

Demolition job or not, the Swine Development Council wants Biazon to resign for allegedly failing to curb smuggling.

"Paano nakarating dito yang Peking duck? Imposible namang di dumaan sa Customs yan? Mapuwera na lang kung nakakalipad yung frozen na Peking duck, malinaw na mayroong smuggling!" said council director Nicanor Briones.

Biazon said the inflammatory statements on smuggling are meant to irk the President in the hopes that he would eventually decide to replace the Customs chief.

"All they need to do is inisin ang Pangulo. That's why you hear statement like that, ‘The Philippines is smuggling capital of Asia, hoping na mapikon si Pangulo. Alisin na nga yang si Biazon,” he said.

The President himself has ignored calls for Biazon to step down.

Malacañang also urged the public to give Biazon the chance to address the problems hounding the Bureau of Customs especially smuggling.