MANILA - The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday issued a contempt order against 4 people who were absent during its hearing on the P11-billion shabu shipment that slipped past Customs.
The order covered Supt. Eduardo Acierto, former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency deputy director Ismael Fajardo, SMYD Trading owner Marina Signapan, and Emily Laquingan.
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, expressed frustration over a picture showing Acierto and Fajardo attending a party when they were consistently absent during the panel's past hearings.
Fajardo, Acierto, and former Customs Intelligence Officer Jimmy Guban supposedly initially investigated the shabu shipment after receiving information on the case, but are believed to have facilitated the release of the magnetic lifters which contained the illegal drugs.
During the Thursday hearing, Gordon again called out Customs and PDEA officials for alleged incompetence as he sought a wider probe.