Customs says exec missing after failing to stop P6.4-B shabu smuggling

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Posted at Jul 31 2017 12:10 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2017 01:52 PM

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The Bureau of Customs on Monday revealed it has no information on the whereabouts of an official who allegedly failed to stop the recent entry of P6.4 billion worth of illicit drugs from China.

During a Senate investigation into the smuggling incident, BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said his office has failed to locate BOC risk management head Larribert Hilario after his suspension from office.

"Since we suspended him, we failed to contact him. He's out of the bureau, we cannot locate him until of today. We tried to extend the invitation of the Senate for his appearance today but he's nowhere to be found," Faeldon said.

The printing machines containing P6.4 billion worth of shabu last May slipped past BOC's green lane, which have relatively relaxed security checks compared to red and yellow lanes.

Authorities, acting on a tip from Beijing, eventually found the drug shipment in a warehouse in Valenzuela City.

Watch a live streaming of the Senate blue ribbon committee's inquiry into the issue here:

 

ANC, 31 July 2017