SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
07 August 2017 10:33:17 PM
The House committee on dangerous drugs chaired by Rep. Robert Ace S. Barbers (left) resumed Monday its investigation on the possible collusion between Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel and illegal drug syndicates on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The inquiry was prompted by House Resolution Nos. 1054 and 1057 authored by Barbers and Rep. Wes Gatchalian (1st District, Valenzuela City) after an estimated 604 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” valued at P6.4 billion allegedly breezed through undetected in the express lane of Customs and is now being sold in the streets. Also present in the hearing are athletes (right photos), who were hired as intelligence agents and/or assigned at different BOC offices as revealed by Deputy Speaker Raneo E. Abu (2nd District, Batangas) during an earlier investigation conducted by the House Committee on Ways and Means. Mark Taguba II (lower right photo), is the Customs broker who allegedly bribed BOC officials for the release of the shabu shipment.