Lacson refutes Faeldon's smuggling raps
Senator Panfilo Lacson has made initial statements to respond to the accusations of Former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
Lacson said he has no role in the business activities of his son, Panfilo "Pampi" Lacson Jr.
He said he just called his son before noon today to ask about the alleged undervalued importations Faeldon said the younger Lacson made last year.
The senator said there is no smuggling in the cement industry as shipments are not subject to customs duties and tariffs, but merely payments of value added tax (VAT).
Lacson said if Faeldon had known that Pampi was into illegal transaction at the Customs bureau since last year, then he should have filed criminal charges against his son.
"Kung may ginagawa syang labag sa batas, ako mismo ang mag-i-initiate ng filing of charges against him," Lacson said referring to Pampi.
Lacson answered questions from newsmen in the Senate at 12 noon today after presiding over a budget hearing of the Department of National Defense.
He made a phone call to his son after Faeldon on Thursday morning accused the senator and his son of involvement in undervaluing shipments of cement.
"Ang tulong lang na nagawa ko for my son was to xerox yung kanyang PS Mark nung na-approve ng DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) yung quality standard," the senator recalled.
He said Pampi did not own a copying machine so there was one time he assisted his son in this task.
He said he does not know the details of his son's business activities or the brand of cement that Pampi imports.
"Hindi ko alam. Basta ang alam ko, nag-i-import sila ng cement," Lacson said.
Lacson shared that Pampi leads a simple life.
He said his son is building a house and its construction has been going on for two years.
The project is being delayed because the funding would depend on the extra money his son would have.
"Parang isang kahig isang tuka yon," he said.
Lacson stressed that he is not helping Pampi in any way, as his son already has his own life.
He also said it is not logical for him to expose the corrupt activities at BOC if his son had illegal dealings in the bureau.
The senator said, if his son had illegal transactions at BOC, the expected behavior for him as a parent would be just to keep his silence while Customs officials are in the midst of a controversy following the smuggling of shabu worth P 6.4 billion last May.
Lacson has no plans of enaging Faeldon in a word war.
"I don't want to get back at him. Nasabi ko ng lahat ang gusto kong sabihin, based on the information I gathered," he said.
In his privilege speech on Wednesday afternoon, Lacson had revealed that Faeldon and some BOC deputy commissioners had reportedly received bribe money from illegal importers.
On Thursday, Faeldon tagged Lacson and his son as big-time cement smugglers.