Customs officer detained in Senate after Gordon cites him in contempt

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Senator Richard Gordon chastised on Tuesday members of the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement for the mishap involving the ₱6.8-billion drug shipment found in a Cavite warehouse in August.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — A Bureau of Customs (BOC) officer was ordered detained by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee after Senator Richard Gordon cited him in contempt during hearings on the entry of multi-billion peso drug shipments in the country Tuesday.

Gordon said Jimmy Guban, an officer of the BOC's Intelligence and Investigation Service, was involved in facilitating the entry of the ₱6.8-billion drug shipment found in a Cavite warehouse in August.

Marina dela Cruz Signapan, the consignee from SMYD Trading, testified receiving a package from a Cavite scrapper named Joel Maritana. She received Maritana's package containing what she knew were scrap lifters, but did not inform the BOC about the shipment.

Maritana later said Jimmy Guban and Signapan made him sign an affidavit, to facilitate the entry of the shipment, which tested positive for drugs according to sniffer dogs.

"Without that operation sir hindi mahuhuli 'yung nasa [we won't catch those in the] Bureau of Customs," Guban said.

Guban also admitted having known about the entry of the shipment, but only after he figured out intel.

"I think the proper charges should be filed against him right now," Gordon said during the hearing.

Guban is now detained at the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. He is facing criminal charges.

BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapena said they are doing a full blown investigation on the matter.

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.