Faeldon: DOJ dismissal of drug raps 're-affirms' faith in judicial system

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22) — Former Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon on Wednesday expressed joy over the Department of Justice's (DOJ) dismissal of drug charges against him and other former Customs officials.

In a statement released Wednesday, Faeldon said he was "humbled" the DOJ had cleared him and other Customs officers of charges filed over a billion-peso drug shipment smuggled into the Philippines in May.

"The joyous news re-affirms my faith in our judicial system, in that, if you do your duty with your best effort and with all honesty and integrity, then you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide," Faeldon said.

The DOJ on Wednesday dismissed a complaint filed against Faeldon and 13 other customs officials over the P6.4-billion drug shipment from China that slipped past the Customs Bureau.

The Justice Department said the complaint was dismissed due to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's (PDEA) failure to state the involvement of the Customs officers. It also cited insufficient evidence to support illegal importation charges.

READ: DOJ drops charges against Faeldon, 13 ex-Customs officials

Faeldon, who has denied involvement in Customs corruption, took the news well, saying "Indeed, truth is justice."

"I am deeply humbled by news reports that the DOJ Investigating Panel has issued a Resolution dismissing the criminal complaint filed against me, my (former) BOC Team and the NBI agents, who last May 25-26, 2017, raided and seized the biggest smuggled shabu haul in our nation's history," Faeldon said.

Faeldon is detained at the Senate for skipping the Blue Ribbon Committee's hearings on the billion-peso shipment. Senate hearings on the issue have put the Customs bureau under fire, as some Senators alleged "incompetence" and "corruption" in the bureau.

Prior to its dismissal, the former Customs Chief called the complaint against him "laughable" and sloppy.

He accused PDEA officials of sourgraping because it was the BOC and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that seized the multi-billion shabu shipment.

READ: Faeldon laughs off charges against him over P6.4-B shabu shipment

CNN Philippines' Chad De Guzman contributed to this story.