MANILA - A Senate panel on Wednesday ordered the detention of the owner of the importation firm believed to be behind the smuggling of P6.8 billion of "shabu" to the country.
This happened after Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, cited Marina Signapan of SMYD Trading in contempt for allegedly lying during the legislative inquiry.
Gordon said, he believes Signapan repeatedly lied throughout the inquiry and pinned the blame on Joel Maritana, a welder from Cavite who allegedly paid her to be the consignee to the shipment.
Maritana denied doing this and said that Signapan was lying.
Signapan joined former Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Offcier Jimmy Guban, who was also cited in contempt during the committee's previous inquiry.
Both of them are currently under Senate custody.
The Senate is conducting a probe into the shipment of illegal drugs worth P6.8 billion which slipped past the Manila port last month. -report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News