It’s about time. I can only hope that this time around, the investigation will bear fruit and find those concerned liable and suffer the consequences of their misdeeds in taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis for self-aggrandizement.
In an interview on DZBB/GNTV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– technology-based solutions to stop corruption at BuCor
– proposed legislation to address BuCor woes
– accusations that the probe is targeting Sen de Lima
In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– corruption and other irregularities at the Bureau of Corrections
– transfer of high-profile convicts to Marines facility from New Bilibid Prison
– possible attempts to insert pork in the 2020 budget
In interviews on DZBB/GNTV and DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– onion-skinned, thick-faced, and callous public officials
– actions Malacanang can take after Senate hearing
– BuCor chief Faeldon testing closeness to President Duterte
It is the biggest irony that while the government has spent so much time, energy and resources to build up intelligence, gather evidence leading to the arrest of big-time drug traffickers especially Chinese drug lords, then spend more to prosecute and convict those arrested and charged, here is Faeldon and whoever else was responsible, by the stroke of their pens, would release at least 48 drug convicts out of the 1,914 heinous crime convicts under questionable circumstances.
If the President does not take drastic action on this latest caper of an official who was recycled in spite of questionable actions committed in his previous assignment like the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling that got away under mysterious circumstances, on top of the organized “tara” on smuggled goods, we should start thinking if there is seriousness in this administration’s much-touted war against drugs and corruption midway into his six-year term.
In interviews on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– possible legislative remedies to the GCTA law
– irony of the release of convicted drug lords via GCTA amid anti-drug war
– the woman who signed the release papers for Chiong case convicts
– ‘Designated Survivor’ bill
In an interview on DZBB/GNTV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– More Chinese drug convicts released from PH facilities
– Convicts in Chiong sisters’ 1997 rape-slay released
– Constitution as basis for the ‘Designated Survivor’ bill
In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– possible irregularities in the ‘Good Conduct Time Allowance’ system
– fear felt by kin of KFR victims due to possible release of KFR convicts due to GCTA
We spend a great deal of taxpayers’ money for an automated processing system, x-ray scanners, even for brokers’ accreditation, not to mention fairly high salaries for seasoned military men at the helm of the Bureau of Customs. But at the end of the day – all our efforts be damned — we are still one hell of a mess.
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I rise before you on a matter of personal and collective privilege.
To say that our country is treated like trash appears to be true, as in literally, amid news reports of tons of waste being illegally shipped into our lands, no thanks to local and foreign smugglers, unscrupulous Customs brokers and corrupt Customs officials.
In an interview on ANC, Sen. Lacson answered questions on: – reported arrest of ‘person of interest’ in the uploading of ‘tunay na narco list’ video
– Senate Bill 2219, encouraging public participation in budgeting process
– PRRD’s taking up WPS issue with Chinese President Xi
– illegal Chinese workers and SMEs
Nobody can be more irritating than a morally degenerate and perverted idiot whose only defense mechanism is to bark at anybody who crosses his path. He deserves the nearest city jail more than the senate cell where he is being held for contempt.
Dahil sa pagpapalusot ng mga nakumpiskang ipinuslit na bigas papasok sa loob ng bansa, personal na sinampahan ni Senador Panfilo Lacson ng kasong economic sabotage sa Office of the Ombudsman si dating Bureau of Customs (BOC) Chief Nicanor Faeldon.
Ang pagsasampa ng naturang kaso ay bunsod na rin ng mahigit P34 milyon na halaga ng bigas na una nang nasabat sa pantalan ng Cagayan De Oro City ngayong tayon dahil sa kakulangan ng import permits pero mahimalang naipalabas sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Faeldon sa BOC.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson haled ex-Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others before the Office of the Ombudsman Thursday for economic sabotage, in the wake of a rice smuggling case in Cagayan de Oro earlier this year.
Lacson said this is only the first of several complaints to be filed against Faeldon, adding he and his staff are working on similar cases based on documents they had obtained.
The complaint stemmed from the entry of rice worth some PHP34.043 million, without the required import permits, earlier this year. It cites violations of:
– RA 10845, Sections 3a and 3c (agricultural smuggling)
– RA 3019, Sections 3e and 3j (graft and corruption)
– Grave Misconduct
– Ex-BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon
– NFA Administrator Jason Aquino
– Tomas Alcid, former district collector at Cagayan de Oro port
– Geniefelle Lagmay, Customs liaison officer to NFA of the Office of the BOC Commissioner
– Directors/officers of Cebu Lite Trading Inc., including Filomena Lim, Lucio Roger Lim Jr., Rowena Lim, Joselito Lopez, Josephine Rizalde, and Ambrosio Ursal Jr.
Sen. Lacson also sought the preventive suspension of Aquino, Alcid and Lagmay.
On the special stop order:
“Nag-tara sa green lane… tatarahan uli sa pamamagitan ng pag-issue ng special stop order.”
“Pagkatapos maka-green lane ka kasi nag-tara ka, regular tara, i-issue-han ka pa ng special stop order, bukod pa yung alert order, may gastos pa rin yan. Ang pinakita kanina gaano kalawak ang pag in-issue-han ka pa ng special stop order, panibagong negotiation. And yan P250-300K more gagastusin mo pag na-special stop order ka. At nag-issue lang ng special stop order ang commissioner ng BOC as testified to by the resource persons. So sino rin mag-lift? E di commissioner ng BOC.”
“Labas ito sa tara na regular. Pag special stop ka luluha ka ng dugo.”
On corruption at the BOC:
“Bank statements won’t lie. Call logs won’t lie. Text messages won’t lie. Ano bang pruweba gusto makita ni Mr Faeldon… at abot sa opisina niya ang corruption.”
“There’s a saying, ‘Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.’ Sa atin … ‘ang pinakamapanganib ay ang tanga na pinagdudunugan at corrupt na naglilinis-linisan.’”
On the need for sustained reform at BOC:
“I think it’s time consider natin baguhin ang takbo sa BOC para di malagay sa year in year out pag nag-survey ang SWS kayo most corrupt agency. Di ba nakakahiya yan?”
In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– the Sept 25 hearing on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III
– what Mark Taguba may reveal at the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on corruption at the Bureau of Customs
– cashless society to eliminate corruption
– wiretapping of suspected drug personalities
It is the right of anybody to file an ethics complaint against any senator. In fact, that was the advice to him by Sen. Gordon when he visited him in his detention place.
The Constitution, however, is clear on the matter. Thus, Article VI states: SECTION 11. A Senator or Member of the House of Representatives shall, in all offenses punishable by not more than six years imprisonment, be privileged from arrest while the Congress is in session. NO MEMBER SHALL BE QUESTIONED NOR BE HELD LIABLE IN ANY OTHER PLACE FOR ANY SPEECH OR DEBATE IN THE CONGRESS OR IN ANY COMMITTEE THEREOF.
Therefore, it is his right to waste bond paper and ink. Anyway, he has the money to pay his lawyers even if it’s tantamount to an exercise in futility and stupidity.
This Faeldon never ceases to amuse me. After displaying ignorance of the provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines imposing zero tariff on cement importation to the Philippines from another ASEAN country under AFTA, he is now calling for a review of the legislative immunity granted to the senators and congressmen, not understanding that it is a constitutional provision which says, “No Member shall be questioned nor be held liable in any other place for any speech or debate in the Congress or in any committee thereof.” (Sec 11, Art VI)
Sa halip na smuggling, maaring tangkang pangongotong o tara ang pakay ng nagbitiw na si dating Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon sa akusasyon nito kay Senador Panfilo Lacson.
Lumalabas kasi sa pag-aaral at mga dokumentong nakalap ng tanggapan ng mambabatas na ang mga argumento ni Faeldon tungkol sa akusasyon nito na umano’y technical smuggling ng semento ay taliwas sa mga umiiral na panuntunan.
Is it really smuggling? Or is it more like technical kotong?
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson posed this question to ex-Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon amid his repeated accusations of “smuggling” of cement against his son.
“Is there such a thing as smuggling of cement between ASEAN countries? None, because there is zero tariff for cement under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Area (AFTA), and even the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA),” Lacson said.
First, there’s no smuggling of cement kasi hindi subject sa Customs tariff and duties ang semento. VAT-able. Ang sinasabi ni Faeldon na $16 per ton, that’s too high. One friend who is exporting nickel to China, yung nag-export ng nickel na mas mahal dapat ang freight $8-9 per ton. So $16 is too high. Ito technical ito, but it’s subject to your own verification.
What I’m saying is, una, hindi ako mag-e-expose ng shenanigans sa Customs kung meron akong alam na pwede ibato balik sa akin or sa aking anak. Di ko gagawin yan. Makikisama ako sa kanila para di nila bulabugin.
Second, bakit ngayon lang nagsalita o nag-accuse si Faeldon niyan? Di ba dapat noon pa finile-an niya ng kaso kung may nasilip siyang violation ng Customs and Tariff Code or whatever law ang nag-cover sa importation ng semento. So yan di ko maintindihan. Bakit ngayon nilabas niya ito?