Palace: No legal compulsion for Biazon to quit Customs

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Malacanang on Sunday denied that Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has been asked to resign or take a leave of absence following his inclusion in the second batch of respondents in the pork barrel scam.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there is “no legal compulsion” for Biazon to go on leave while the charges filed are being evaluated by the Office of the Ombudsman.
“There’s no legal compulsion for him to go on leave, based on existing laws. We leave it up to him to decide on that,” Coloma said
He said President Benigno Aquino 3rd will meet with Biazon on the matter, but refused to elaborate.
Coloma downplayed reports that Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is trying to ease out Biazon from the bureau.
Reports earlier revealed that once Biazon is eased out, Purisima can take full control of Customs operations.
Purisima, whose department has jurisdiction over the Customs bureau, has been calling the shots in relations to Customs matters.
Biazon was among 34 individuals charged with malversation, direct bribery, graft and corrupt practices before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly coursing his PDAF when he was a congressman to non-government organizations set up by suspected mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the filing of the malversation case against Biazon is proof that there are no sacred cows in the Aquino administration.
“From the President’s point of view, he has always said that you go where the evidence takes you. We have always said that there is no partiality,” Valte said
“I think that has been repeated, not just by the President, but by the investigators themselves, by the Secretary of Justice. And, you know, people will interpret things according to how they see it but these are the facts,” Valte said.

CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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  1. anong akala nyo kay mr biazon? walang delicadeza? magreresign na yan. hehehe joke only. paano kung ayaw tanggapin ni pinoy? anong magagawa niya kundi mag-stay?

  2. Well there’s no sacred cow so to say. But there are sacred friends among KKK, matalik na kaibigan or katalik na kaibigan. Biazon should have been long time gone from BoC because of rampant uncontrolled smuggling of Cars, Gasoline, Poultry products,hundred thousand tons of Rice, garlic, onions, which costs billions of pesos of taxes lost for the government. But for whatever reasons Biazon remains in BoC only aquino knows for sure. There’s no amount of logic that can explain the reason why Biazon has the guts to stay on even againsts all odds.

  3. I am hoping and praying that the country can recover from these overwhelming natural disasters as will as the rampant corruptions, that is happening without let up. You have a good President in PNOY who tried his best to alleviate the sufferings, and run after these thieves, but what can a one man do, when majority of his department heads succumb to bribery, money talks, everybody has a price on how much to bribe to prevent their cases to progress or adjudicate in their favor, they have tons of money to spend. The people outside the country who love our Philippines has practically given up, and how much more frustrating for the ones inside? This is a dangerous phenomenon, like a perfect storm confronting the country, that can produce a massive breakdown, of peace and order. I have no idea how this will pan out, but the good people in and out side the country must pray for intercession by our Holy mother of God for the Country’s deliverance in times like this. May God have mercy on us all.

  4. No need to bother with legalities with this admin. As long as “makapal ang muka mo, ok na.! Business as usual. To hell with delicadeza.