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HOR to probe Valdez, Duremdes and other athletes at BOC


Congress will investigate the employment of several volleyball and basketball players at the Bureau of Customs.

The House and Ways Committee is asking the Bureau to furnish the Lower House of Congress the 201 files of active and retired athletes that include Alyssa Valdez, Kenneth Duremdes, Marlou Aquino, Gherome Ejercito, EJ Feihl, Danielle Michiko Castañeda, Mark Mabazza, Jonalyn Ibisa, Mechie Tubiera and many more.

House Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu said at least 28 active and former professional volleyball and basketball players are employed at the Office of the Commissioner, Intelligence Group and Import Assessment Services of the BOC.

“Gusto ko malaman sa kanila kung ano ang kwalipikasyon ng mga ito, kung ito ba makakatulong sa sinasabi nilang kampanya laban sa korapsiyon, kung sa sinasabi nila na pagpapataas ng antas ng panunungkulan sa Bureau of Customs,” Abu said in a interview with reporter Conde Batac aired over DZXL, a local AM station.

Abu secured the list which bore the signature of BOC Chief Nicanor Faeldon.

Abu clarified that he has nothing against the hiring of former athletes “as long as they are qualified.”

“If not we will ask the Civil Service Commission to explain how these people were able to get employment at the BOC,” Abu said.

Abu, however, added that Valdez and Feihl are no longer employed at BOC.

Last night, Faeldon confirmed the employment of the athletes saying they represent the BOC in various competitions and tournaments.

By Erel Cabatbat