THE Department of Justice seriously considered placing Customs deputy collector Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang, the whistleblower in the supposed P11-billion worth of shabu that slipped past the Bureau of Customs, under the provisional coverage of the government's Witness Protection Program.
Mangaoang, who was also a former chief of the Customs X-ray division, has requested Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra for coverage under the WPP.
"I have not seen the application. (But) subject to the Senate president’s approval (and) upon recommendation of Sen. (Richard) Gordon, I may consider her for provisional coverage under WPP in the meantime," Guevarra said.
Mangaoang was a key figure in the recent congressional investigation of the four magnetic lifters that slipped through the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and later found in a Cavite warehouse emptied of their contents.
Drug enforcement authorities believe the lifters contained an estimated 1.6 tons of shabu, valued at P11 billion.