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Lacson tags ex-Cagayan vice mayor in BOC mess

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Senator Panfilo Lacson tagged a businessman and a former vice mayor of Piat town in Cagayan province as one of those who gave bribe to Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials.

Lacson identified former vice mayor Ruben Taguba, the father of Customs “fixer” Mark Taguba who testified before the senate blue ribbon committee on the alleged corruption with the agency.

The older Taguba is just one of the alleged 45 bribe givers or “players” at the BOC. He was Piat councilor in 1998 and and had also served as Customs Police.

Lacson, in his privilege speech during the blue ribbon committee’s hearing on the shipment of P6.4 billion shabu on Wednesday, August 23, also named the Customs officials allegedly receiving “tara” or bribe money from the bribers. Lacson included now-relieved BOC chair Nicanor Faeldon.

The younger Taguba mentioned the name of father as the who introduced a certain “Jojo Bacud” of the Customs, the man who would later introduced him to a certain “Nani.”

Jojo and Nani, according Mark, connected him to Davao City Councilor Small Abellera to arrange the payment of P5-million bribery.

Meanwhile, in an interview with DZGR Bombo Radyo, Piat town ABC President Cipriano Cureg said they could not believer when Taguba’s name was dragged in the BOC corruption scandal.

Cureg describe Taguba as “simple” and “generous.”

He said Taguba owns cable television network and a resort in Piat town. Northernforum.net

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