House panel seeks charges vs Faeldon, Customs officials

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2017 01:44 AM

MANILA - The House Committee on Dangerous Drugs on Wednesday recommended charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other officials after some P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China slipped past the Port of Manila.

The committee urged the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to file a complaint against Faeldon for allegedly planting evidence, coddling Richard Chen from arrest and prosecution, failing to turn over custody of the confiscated illegal drugs, and for ordering Customs staff to conduct controlled delivery operation to the Valenzuela warehouse where the shabu was seized. 

The House panel recommended that the Department of Justice (DOJ) file charges against Deputy Commissioner Gerardo Gambala for failing to update the parameter which allowed the shabu shipment to enter the country.

The DOJ was also urged to file charges against Faeldon’s aide lawyer Mandy Anderson for signing daily time records (DTR) of athletes hired by the bureau, and for usurpation of authority for signing official documents such as DTRs.

"[Signing DTRs] made it appear that the latter reported to work for their respective duties as Technical Assistants and Counter Intelligence Analysts when they were actually hired to play for the BOC basketball and volleyball teams," the committee report read.

The House panel said PDEA should also charge agents of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division for failing to turn over custody of the seized shabu.

The committee concluded that the bureau failed to detect the entry of the shabu shipment and it should be replaced by a new revenue collection agency “with different system of collection to avoid corruption.”