MANILA - Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon denied the allegation of Senator Panfilo Lacson that he received a P100-million welcome gift when he was appointed.
In a statement released Wednesday, Faeldon, a former military officer, said he never accepted any bribes (tara) when he was Customs chief, nor engaged in corrupt practices in all his years of service in government.
" Again, I have not done any form of corruption in my many years of government service nor tolerated those who tried even in the form of request. No is no," he said.
Faeldon also called for a third-party investigation on the corruption in Customs so he can also clear his name, as he also, like Lacson, wants to know the truth.
"The country will appreciate if a third party investigation by a competent body will be conducted so that justice will be served. Just like the Honorable Senator Lacson and the Filipino people, I want the truth to come out," he said.
Faeldon was relieved from his post after his name was dragged into the controversy surrounding the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China that slipped through Customs.
He was replaced by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Isidro Lapeña.
Despite this, President Rodrigo Duterte said he still trusts Faeldon, and that he may appoint him to a different government post.