President Duterte on Thursday sacked Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña following a dispute between the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) over the smuggling of up to P11 billion worth of “shabu” (crystal meth) through the Port of Manila.

Speaking during ceremonies marking the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard, President Duterte said he had replaced Lapeña, ending months of bickering between Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino over who might be held responsible for the shabu smuggling. READ MORE

Duterte transfers Lapeña to TESDA; names Guerrero as new BOC chief

Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday decided to transfer Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) amid the probe on smuggling of multi-billion shabu shipment into the country.At the same time,… Read More

Aquino lauds Lapeña remark on magnetic lifters with shabu

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday welcomed the remarks of Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña saying he is convinced that the four magnetic lifters found in a warehouse in Cavite contained illegal drugs.“Well, I’m happy. I’m the one who… Read More

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