Ruffy Biazon announced his irrevocable resignation as customs commissioner after meeting with President Aquino.
Biazon is charged with malversation related to the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Meanwhile, President Aquino accepted Biazon’s resignation and gave him until the end of the week to vacate the post amid allegations that he was involved in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Last week, the National Bureau of Investigation charged Biazon, a former Muntinlupa congressman, and 33 others with malversation, direct bribery, graft and corrupt practices in the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly channeling pork barrel to dubious NGOs put up by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the scam.
His resignation came after his meeting with the President in Malacañang.
Biazon said he gave up the position to protect my family, spare the President of undue criticism and give way to a new leadership facing no questions of credibility.
He said he had to do what is fit to the standard of what a Biazon is—one who is dedicated to honor as he is to duty.
One who is brave in the face of adversity as he is courageous to assume accountability.
It is a decision that he is at peace with, he said in a statement.
Biazon, a member of Aquino’s Liberal Party, later told the Inquirer he felt relieved after quitting his post.
Aquino thanks him for his years of service to our administration and the nation and wishes him nothing but the best as he returns to private life.
Citing Biazon’s resignation and their subsequent conversation, the President said the customs chief explained that it would be best to provide the secretary of finance the widest leverage and flexibility to steer the future direction of the Bureau of Customs, in light of the controversy brought about by his inclusion in the complaint of the National Bureau of Investigation before the Ombudsman.”
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