MANILA - The Department of Justice said Sunday it is mulling putting Customs deputy collector Lourdes Mangaoang under the Witness Protection Program's (WPP) provisional coverage.
This after the Customs official reportedly said she eyes applying for witness protection, citing threats that followed her revelations about the four magnetic lifters in Cavite seized by anti-narcotics agents.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he has not seen Mangaoang's application but he may consider her for WPP if Senator Richard Gordon will recommend it.
"I have not seen the application. Subject to the Senate president’s approval upon recommendation of Sen. Gordon, I may consider her for provisional coverage under WPP in the meantime," he said.
Gordon's Blue Ribbon Committee has been hearing the multi-billion peso illegal drug slip at the Bureau of Customs, involving the four magnetic lifters seized in Cavite.
Mangaoang earlier showed x-ray images of the magnetic lifters that were found in Cavite. She claimed the agency's x-ray machines did detect illegal drugs.
PDEA director Aaron Aquino said the empty containers may have contained P11-billion worth of shabu, which was earlier estimated at P6.8 billion.
Last August, joint forces of the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also intercepted P4.3-billion worth of shabu inside two magnetic lifters at the a Manila port.
-- report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News