As the year 2017 concluded, a good news fell on the lap of the former Bureau of Customs’ chief Nicanor Faeldon.
Last last week, the ex-customs’ chief was re-appointed by the President to the Office of Civil Defense. As such, he will now be holding the position of the civil defense deputy administrator. The re-appointment, according to Malacañang, was a chance to prove his critics wrong.
It can be recalled that Feldon’s name was dragged in a corruption scandal in the Bureau of Customs’ mid last year.
Justifying the former BOC chief’s appointment, officials said the allegations against him have not been proven. According to them, President Rodrigo Duterte still trusts, and is confident about, Faeldon’s performance as the latter promised to fight corruption in government and not tolerate even the littlest of it.
Martin Andanar, Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, emphasized that the President has the discretion to appoint the ones who he thinks can deliver with the job demands.
In a radio interview on dzBB last Sunday, Sec. Martin Andanar said, “The most important…is the trust and confidence of our president”.
The PCOO secretary also added that, “If you have the trust and confidence of the President and then you can serve the country. So this is a chance for Commissioner Nick Faeldon to prove his critics wrong”.
Former Marine captain Nicanor Faeldon resigned as the commissioner of Bureau of Customs last August after his name was linked in a scandal in his bureau. The said corruption scandal involved an entry of a whopping P6.4 billion worth of shabu into the country.
Accused by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, he was one of those who were, according to the said senator, receiving bribes in exchange for the smuggled shipments’ release.
Ex-customs commissioner has denied the allegation since but did not attend to legislative hearings on smuggling. Which is why senators were prompted to cite him for contempt leading to his detention in the Senate.
Described by President Duterte as an “honest” man, the former Davao City Mayor has blamed the corruption in the said bureau for the smuggled goods’ entry.