PH senator speaks of P6.4B drug import

“I got to know Mr. Kenneth Dong when a friend introduced him to me several years ago. I was told that he is a legitimate businessman and an importer of Asuki industrial weighing scales. I consider him a friend but I do not know what his dealings and businesses are except for his ownership of Asuki.”
This was the statement Wednesday of Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on the alleged involvement of Mr. Kenneth Dong on the P6.4 billion drug importation seized in Valenzuela City.
Zubiri said Dong made him “Ninong” (godfather) at his wedding and he was only one of many senators, politicians and celebrities who were asked to be principal sponsor.
“I have not seen him since last Christmas, close to eight months ago,” he said.
The senator said as a public servant, he meets a lot of people and does not prejudge them.
“Let it be said, however, that I do not condone any illegal act much more the involvement in the illegal drug trade. I always believe that no one is above the law. Should there be any evidence of Mr. Dong’s involvement in the said illegal drug trade, he should be brought to the bar of justice. If anyone breaks the law then, without fear or favor, friend or not, the law must be implemented and, if found guilty, should be arrested. As one of the principal authors of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, I have zero tolerance for illegal drugs,” Zubiri stressed.
Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon was absent during the second Senate hearing into the reported P6.4 billion worth of “shabu” shipment from China seized in Valenzuela City last May.
In a letter to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, Faeldon said his current “health condition” did not permit him from attending the probe.
On Monday (August 7), Faeldon said he started feeling discomfort in his chest and was later diagnosed with “non-ST elevation myocardial infarction acute coronary syndrome; hypertension urgency hypertension stage II.”
He said he was eventually confined at the Manila East Medical Center until Tuesday (August 8).
BOC Deputy Commissioner Edward Buco took Faeldon’s place as the proxy.
Faeldon recently made the headlines for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug shipment which was discovered in a warehouse in Valenzuela City based on a tip coming from Xiamen Customs.
Members of the House of Representatives earlier called for Faeldon’s resignation for allowing the shipment to slip through the BOC.
President Rodrigo Duterte, however, expressed his trust in Faeldon even as lawmakers demanded his resignation.
The President said he will await the results of the ongoing congressional investigations.

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