'Pasalubong' culture': Lapeña says Faeldon got P107-M welcome gift - Lacson

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Posted at Oct 17 2017 11:58 AM

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MANILA - Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has confided to Senator Panfilo Lacson that his predecessor, Nicanor Faeldon, received a P107-million welcome gift, the lawmaker said Tuesday.

"No less than Commissioner Lapeña testified, he confirmed that there is indeed the pasalubong money and he confided to me that ‘Sir, hindi P100 million yung kay Faeldon. P107 (million) inabot,'" he told ANC’s Headstart

Lacson said Lapeña came up to his office before a Senate hearing to say he discovered the "pasalubong" culture in the supposedly corruption-plagued bureau "because he experienced it."

"Somebody whispered to him na ang source nga, or one of the sources at least, ay yung tax credit certificates," said Lacson.

"These are big companies na binibigyan ng certificates na puwede nilang gamitin for future payments or could be converted to cash. Billions of pesos ito," he added.

In a privilege speech in August, Lacson said Faeldon received a P100 million "welcome pasalubong" when he was appointed as Customs head last year.

Faeldon denied Lacson's allegations, calling for an independent investigation on the corruption charges.

He has also accused Lacson's son of involvement in smuggling activities in the Bureau of Customs, which the senator denied.

The lawmaker has also sued the former soldier for economic sabotage, graft, and grave misconduct for allegedly allowing rice smuggling in Cagayan De Oro City earlier this year.