AFTER more than 20 hearings that spanned more than a year, the investigation into the multi-billion peso shabu shipments coursed through the Bureau of Customs since the time of former commissioner Nicanor Faeldon will finally end on Monday, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon announced.
The Monday hearing will see Marina Signapan and Emily Luquingan, who both surrendered to authorities after the Senate issued contempt and arrest orders against them questioned on the shabu controversy.
Signapan is the owner of SMYD Trading which is listed as the consignee of the magnetic lifters that allegedly contained P11 billion worth of shabu while Luquingan is the common-law wife of a certain Pony Chan who paid the rent of the warehouse in Cavite where the lifters were discovered.
But aside fromn Signapan and Luquingan, two other personalities who were issued contempt and arrest orders have yet to communicate with the Senate. They are former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Deputy Director Ismael Fajardo and former Police Supt. Eduardo Acierto.
“Tatapusin ko yan sa Monday. Kaya ko nga pinahuli yang mga yan para mabuo ko na at isasubmit ko na ang final report,” Gordon said in an interview with DWIZ radio.
Gordon challenged the Department of Justice and the Office of the Ombudsman to fast track the filing of cases against those involve in the shabu shipment that were seen liable based on their hearings.
The investigation of shabu shipment started in August 2017 after an estimated P6.4 billion shabu was recovered in a warehouse in Valenzuela City that slipped past BoC which at the time was under then Commisioner Nicanor Faeldon.