By Jeffrey Damicog
Former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the criminal complaint of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) against him over the shipment of P6.4 billion of illegal drugs.
In a joint memorandum, Faeldon and his co-respondent fiancee, lawyer Jelina Maree Magsuci, called PDEA agent Norman Balquiedra, who filed the complaint before the DOJ, as a lackey of Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Faeldon claimed “Sen. Lacson is the patron of ex-PDEA officer Wilkins Villanueva, the former head of PDEA’s NCR-PO (National Capital Region Police Office), where this Balquiedra was formerly assigned.”
“It was also Sen. Lacson who actively lobbied for Villanueva to be transferred to the very juicy position of BOC CIIS (Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service) Director,” he noted.
The case stemmed from the discovery of 604 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, on May 26 during a raid of a warehouse of Hongfei Logistics in Valenzuela City.
The shabu shipment managed to enter the country through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) after being declared as kitchenware, footwear and moldings.
During the Senate inquiry on the shabu shipment, Lacson and Faeldon exchanged accusations of committing graft and corruption.
In the PDEA complaint filed before the DOJ, Faeldon and his co-respondents are accused of conspiracy to import illegal drugs and protecting or coddling drug traffickers in violation of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Apart from the drug charges, Faeldon and his co-respondents are also accused of obstruction of justice under Presidential Decree No. 1829 for harboring or concealing, or facilitating the escape of the persons behind the drug shipment; for negligence and tolerance under Article 208 of the Revised Penal Code; and for violating Section 3 ofRepublic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Faeldon said the DOJ should dismiss the complaint against him and his fiancee claiming Balquiedra’s September 18 reply-affidavit filed before the DOJ showed the allegations are based on mere hearsay.
“Complainant Balquiedra’s candid admission in his reply-affidavit that all of the allegations in his complaint-affidavit are hearsay is the final nail in the coffin of the above-captioned complaint,” Faeldon said.
“Such admission, is not even true, for this Balquiedra’s allegations are not just hearsay but in fact double hearsay as well as the products of his fertile imagination,” he stressed.
“It has long been settled in jurisprudence that double hearsay does not deserve even a slightest consideration,” Faeldon pointed out.
The DOJ has already concluded its preliminary investigation on the PDEA complaint and has submitted the case for resolution.
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