House panel to endorse filing of raps vs Faeldon, et al

MANILA -- The House of Representatives' dangerous drugs committee will be recommending the filing of charges against former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials who were allegedly involved in the so-called tara system in the agency.

Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, panel chairman, said the official committee report, with its findings and recommendations, is expected to be out by next week.

Barbers pointed out that, through the several congressional hearings, it seems that there was indeed a bribery system that has plagued the bureau.

I'm sure the members join me in the conclusion that there is really a systemic, endemic or whatever epidemic that is going on in the bureau. And this is the reason why smuggling of goods, including shabu, was possible, Barbers said in a committee meeting held this week.

In a press statement on Friday, Barbers said serious criminal and administrative liabilities might be recommended against the BOC officials while in the performance of their duties at the agency.

Barbers said the committee will likely recommend the filing of a complaint against Faeldon for violating Section 3 of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act through the Office of the Ombudsman.

Faeldon's chief-of-staff, lawyer Mandy Therese Anderson, may also face falsification charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for signing the Daily Time Records (DTRs) of the basketball and volleyball players hired by the BOC.

The athletes, who were designated either as Technical Assistants and Counter Intelligence Analysts, were reportedly hired to actually play for the BOC basketball and volleyball teams.

The committee likewise recommended the filing of a complaint by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) against Atty. Dennis Siyhian and Atty. Catherine Nolasco, investigators of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division.

Siyhian and Nolasco allegedly failed to turn over the custody of some 500 kilos of shabu (crystal meth) to the PDEA, which violates the Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1, Series of 2002 on the Custody and Disposition of Seized Dangerous Drugs in relation to Section 32, RA 9165.

Source: Philippine News Agency