Customs chief not yet off the hook–Congressmen

Embattled Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not yet off the hook, says Majority Floor Leader Farinas. Sources told Philippine Observer that the 6.5 billion peso shabu haul is just one of 3 shipments which amounted to 22 billion pesos.

Faeldon, who is being investigated for the mysterious 6.5 billion peso shabu smuggling scandal, got a fresh mandate after meeting President Duterte last Friday. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Faeldon’s boss, says Duterte told Faeldon to continue serving the people.

However, on a separate occasion, Duterte told reporters that the reason why Faeldon remains in his position is that the president is still allowing Congressmen to terminate their hearing and Duterte expects to read the report before giving his opinion on the matter.

Controversy surrounds the shabu smuggling which was the biggest ever in customs history.

Sources told Philippine Observer that the exact amount of the smuggled shabu shipment exceeds 6.5 billion pesos. What Faeldon’s group managed to intercept after the Chinese government tipped them off, was just one out of three shipments which amounted to 22 billion pesos.

After seizing the shabu haul worth 600 kilos, customs operatives did not anymore pursue the remaining hundreds of kilos worth of shabu contained in two separate shipments. 

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