House cites Customs intel officer in contempt


Posted at Sep 27 2018 10:27 PM

MANILA- A joint panel of the House of Representatives ordered Thursday the detention of a Bureau of Customs intelligence officer for allegedly lying during a legislative inquiry.

Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban was cited in contempt by the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs and Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability for providing "conflicting statements" during the hearing, the lower House said in a press statement.

Guban was being asked questions by lawmakers over the Bureau of Customs' failure to thwart the entry of illegal drugs in the country.

He was earlier cited in contempt by a Senate committee conducting a probe on the smuggling of P6.8 billion of "shabu" to the country.

Surigao 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the House will take custody of Guban once he is given an order of release by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

"Aside from lying to these two committees, the other reason is that since we are going to have another hearing on this issue, the Senate would be notified insofar as we declared him in contempt," Antipolo 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop said.