MANILA- Customs fixer Mark Taguba on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges over the importation of P6.4-billion worth of illegal drugs from China last year.
Taguba entered his plea during his arraignment at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46.
Taguba is accused of conspiring with alleged shipment consignee Eirene Tatad for the shipment of the illicit drugs.
Tatad meanwhile refused to enter any plea which left Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa to enter a not guilty plea on her behalf.
A preliminary conference on the case is scheduled on May 17 while the court has set the start of the pre-trial on May 25.
Taguba was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation in January while Tatad was arrested in February after the Department of Justice filed drug trading charges against them.