Puno denies new post at Customs

Posted at 09/14/12 2:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno on Friday denied that his next position in government will be at the Bureau of Customs.

Puno, who resigned from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) last September 11, denied the claim made by an anonymous person who sent a letter to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

"It's not true," Puno said, when Santiago questioned him about the BoC position during the Senate hearing on the alleged anomalous procurement of firearms by the Philippine National Police.

He also denied badmouthing Santiago, who has been critical of Puno and his supposed influence over President Aquino.

Quoting the letter-sender, Santiago said: "He (Puno) has been telling incredible tales about you, your husband's gambling habits and your alleged anomalous projects and your dealings in your husband's province."

"He's also telling his friends, he will do everything to destroy [Customs Deputy Commissioner] Horacio Suansing, your cousin. Suansing will be out of Customs by December," the letter further stated.

Puno, however, admitted the letter-sender's claim that some of his relatives held positions in government.