MANILA - Customs official Lourdes Mangaoang on Wednesday said she bore no ill will against Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña when she was transferred to different districts under his watch, but she admitted seeking redress from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
When Lapeña was assigned to the Bureau of Customs (COC), Mangaoang said she was "demoted" to being a division chief before getting promoted to being a collector for the Customs Legazpi district.
She said she was not happy with the assignment because it was too far and she did not know anyone there. She was later transferred to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to be the deputy collector for passenger service.
She was then reassigned to the Port of Manila then brought back to NAIA.
But on September 12, she was transferred to the Compliance Monitoring Unit. She deemed this a violation of Civil Service Rules and Regulations because she had already been reassigned 5 times in a year.
"Mali hong sabihin na may ill will ako. Gawa-gawa lang, guni-guni lang nila iyan," she told lawmakers investigating the alleged failure of the BOC to intercept millions worth of shabu hidden in magnetic lifters.
In an interview on ANC's Headstart hours before a House hearing, Mangaoang's former superior at the Port of Manila, Dino Austria, said he believes "the spark that started it all was the management decision on my part to have her relieved as my deputy."
Lapeña also said Mangaoang was replaced from second assignment to NAIA because she was frequently absent.
"I saw that she had been absenting herself--of course it has been authorized--but we cannot afford absences in the district, especially that the district collectors are responsible in hitting the target. If not, they will get relieved," he said in the same interview.