Malacañang has lauded Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon’s readiness to face the graft allegations raised against him but his innocence is another matter.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. has deferred comment if the Palace believes Biazon is innocent of the complaint filed against him in connection with the alleged misuse of the “pork barrel” funds.
Coloma was also non-committal when asked if the Palace was still confident Biazon can perform his duties while attending to the case.
“That’s the reason why the President will talk to Commissioner Biazon. I think they will discuss those matters,” Coloma said in Filipino over state-run DZRB. “Commissioner Biazon’s stated readiness to face charges is welcome and laudable,” Coloma however said.
Meanwhile, the answer to the question on whether or not Biazon will stay as Customs commissioner depends on the decision of Aquino.
Biazon disclosed that he will decide after his meeting with the President his fate at the BoC.
Out of delicadeza, Biazon should voluntarily relinquish his post because of his alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr. said it would be better for the embattled commissioner to tender his resignation even before Aquino makes “some changes” in the bureau. (Genalyn D. Kabiling, Raymund F. Antonio, and Charissa M. Luci)