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Faeldon, BOC execs face probe for P6.4-B ‘shabu’

/ 07:25 AM May 03, 2018

Ombudsman probers have found enough evidence to pursue a full-blown investigation of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others over the smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of “shabu” (crystal meth) last May.

But the special fact-finding panel said there was a “lack of basis” to implicate President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, resigned Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and son-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, in the smuggling case.

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The case against Faeldon, fellow former mutineer Milo Maestrecampo and the other Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials will now move to the preliminary investigation stage.

Faeldon, now a deputy administrator at the Office of Civil Defense, described the investigators’ findings as “ridiculous” and that he “should be commended and not persecuted.”

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He pointed out that he was the one responsible for uncovering and seizing the contraband that went through the Manila International Container Port in May 2017.

“It feels [like] they are persecuting me,” Faeldon said.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the fact-finding investigation on Oct. 13 last year.

The case against Faeldon and company was based on the BOC’s mishandling of the drugs recovered during a May 26, 2017 raid at a Valenzuela City warehouse.

“Evidence suggests that numerous laws and administrative issuances pertaining to the proper search, seizure, handling and controlled delivery of drugs were violated by the public officers,” a statement issued by the Ombudsman press office said. —Vince F. Nonato

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