'Hello, Big Brother': Ex-ISAFP officer named pres'l adviser on indigenous peoples

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2018 01:24 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2018 01:26 PM

MANILA - A former officer of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines linked to both the "Hello, Garci" wiretapping scandal and a P6.4 billion shabu shipment has been named presidential adviser for indigenous peoples' concerns. 

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed retired colonel Allen Capuyan as his adviser for indigenous peoples’ concerns, an appointment paper released by the Palace on Monday showed.

Capuyan will have the rank of undersecretary, according to his appointment paper dated April 18.

Capuyan’s appointment as presidential adviser comes over a month after he resigned as Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assistant general manager because of allegations he accepted grease money from suspected smugglers.

Customs fixer Mark Taguba earlier claimed during a Senate investigation that Capuyan, alias "Big Brother", sent him an e-mail containing tariff codes that would give him access to the green lane, where shipments undergo minimal inspection. 

Taguba said he remained with Capuyan's group until the Senate and House of Representatives launched separate inquiries into the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu through the Manila port in May 2017.

'HELLO, GARCI'

Capuyan, a former ISAFP operation intelligence division chief was also identified by a witness as having ordered wiretaps on several personalities during the 2004 elections. 

One of the wiretaps contained the conversation of 2 people believed to be then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and poll commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

Arroyo allegedly ordered the poll official to manipulate election results in her favor. Arroyo and Garcillano both denied cheating in the 2004 polls.