MANILA - An airport official accused of taking bribes denied on Monday that he received P1 million from fixer Mark Taguba.
During a Senate probe, Taguba said he gave a P1-million check to Col. Allen Capuyan, who he refers to as "Big Brother," as part of their payment to allow the release of their flagged shipments.
"Nagbigay po ako ng tseke actually na P1 million sa kanya," the Customs fixer told Gordon, adding that he gave it to Capuyan, through a certain "Tita Nani."
Capuyan, the Assistant General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) who is currently on leave, denied Taguba's claims, saying he does not personally know "Tita Nani."
"I have not received any amount from that Tita Nani," he said, pointing out inconsistencies in Taguba's statements during the Senate inquiry.
Capuyan, however, admitted that he met with Tita Nani and a certain Noel once, through Jojo Bacud, a former contractual employee of the Customs.
He said Bacud, who was his underclassman at the Philippine Military Academy, introduced the two to him as "business partners" who needed help in their flagged shipments last March.
Capuyan said he was non-committal on their request and left immediately. The MIAA official said he recalled Taguba who was present in the meeting but was just listening in the conversation.
Customs records show that Bacud was no longer connected to the bureau since March 2017. His contract was signed by former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon last January 2017.