‘Nalusutan lang talaga’- Duterte defends Lapeña
‘Hindi ko kukunin iyan kung corrupt. Nalusutan lang talaga kasi ‘di nila kaya ‘yan kasi insider eh, kinain sila ng sistema,’ President Rodrigo Duterte says
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, October 27, defended former Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña amid the P11-billion shabu shipment controversy.
In a speech in Bacolod City, Duterte said Lapeña and former commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tricked by an insider, adding that the two had helped stop anomalies within the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the past.
“Hindi ko kukunin iyan kung corrupt,” he said. “Nalusutan lang talaga kasi ‘di nila kaya ‘yan kasi insider eh, kinain sila ng sistema.”
(I wouldn’t have designated them on the off chance that they were degenerate. The culprits extremely just moved beyond them in light of the fact that these were insiders. They couldn’t get hold of them, the framework turned out to be overpowering for them.)
Lapeña is under flame in light of the shabu worth P11 billion that purportedly slipped past Customs under his initiative. This debate is the subject of congressional hearings.
The presence of the shabu, as guaranteed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, beforehand challenged by BOC. In any case, on Wednesday, October 24, Lapeña changed his tune and surrendered that the attractive lifters may have contained unlawful medications.
Meanwhile, Duterte on Thursday, October 25, reported he has “advanced” Lapeña as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority executive general. He had tapped previous military boss Rey Guerrero, presently Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Administrator, to supplant Lapeña at the BOC.
Malacañang, in any case, illuminated that Lapeña keeps on getting a charge out of the trust of the President, and that his turn to another administration office was not out of dissatisfaction over the shabu contention.