Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon is in the limelight again and this time the Commissioner could be on the losing end.
President Benigno Aquino III might have no choice but to kick him out of his post after the Department of Justice included Biazon in the list of personalities being charged with Graft at the Office of the Ombudsman.
Biazon, the former Muntinlupa Representative, allegedly is involved too with the Pork Barrel Fund scam, masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles.
According to some sources, DOJ included Biazon’s name in the list because the latter is being pressured to resign due to inside fighting within the agency.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the government is not being selective when it comes to filing of charges involved in the Pork Barrel Fund scam, regardless if they are allies of the President or from the Opposition.
Prior to this, the President already said that he will be vigilant in running after the crooks in the government.
“At least 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. 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”, said Valte.
In the last State of the Nation Address of the President, members and officials of the Bureau of Customs were singled-out due to the rampant reports of corruption and smuggling operations in the country.
Biazon already tendered in his resignation but later on wasn’t accepted by the President and instead made some major revamp on the agency’s officials.
BIAZON’s reply on PDAF scam
Amid the allegations that Customs’ Commissioner Ruffy Biazon pocketed some of his PDAF during his term as Muntinlupa Representative, Biazon issued a statement negating such accusation. www.dzrhnews.com.ph is printing the statement as is. (from http://www.ruffybiazon.ph )
“Accounting for public funds comes with the territory of serving in government, whether it be at the lowest levels of local government or in the high levels of national office.
Therefore, I am willing and ready to face the allegations raised today pertaining to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocated to my congressional district during my term as representative of the lone district of Muntinlupa.
I had always exercised prudence and fidelity in the performance of my duty as Representative of the Muntinlupa as well as in other responsibilities to the public, and pursued projects and programs that benefitted my constituents. But as we have seen in some instances, the processes involved have been vulnerable to abuse by certain parties.
I have yet to see the documents pertinent to this issue, but I welcome the opportunity to clarify and answer the accusations whether before the National Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Ombudsman or the courts.” —-(End of statement)
(with reports from Florante Rosales)