MANILA—Customs deputy collector Lourdes Mangaoang on Saturday congratulated former Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña on his recent promotion.
"Kino-congratulate ko siya. Rank lang naman ho iyon, it is not actually a Cabinet portfolio. Pareho lang 'yung salary grade sa secretary," Mangaoang told radio DZMM.
"So sabi nga ni Sen. Ping Lacson, he was promoted in rank but demoted in trust and confidence, pero kino-congratulate ko pa rin po siya."
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday reassigned Lapeña as the head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and promoted him to a Cabinet position.
A fierce critic of Lapeña, Mangaoang earlier said he was "covering up" for drug smugglers by denying that the empty magnetic lifters seized in Cavite last August did not contain illegal drugs.
Lapeña has since backpedaled and said the magnetic lifters might have contained illegal drugs.