If Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rozzano Biazon believes he still has that moral ascendancy left in him, then he should not think twice of resigning from his post.
He may not have been linked to any anomaly during his watch at the BOC, but to be identified and, in fact, accused by no less that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of taking P1.9 million in kickbacks for the use of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), while still a Congressman representing the lone district of Muntinlupa City, is a serious matter and an integrity issue, especially where he is and the sensitive position he is handling.
With Biazon are seven fellow former members of the House of Representatives comprising 34 individuals in the second batch of cases in the PDAF scam.
Needless to say that, like the first batch of cases filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against 39 individuals that included Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, the second batch of personalities have also been linked to Janet Lim-Napoles’ P10 billion pork barrel scam, which she is said to have masterminded.
There would have been four more congressmen, but they were stricken from the list as they are all deceased.
Unlike the three senators bearing the moniker Tanda, Sexy and Pogi, plunder, however, was not included in the charges against Biazon because his discretionary funds intended for roads, bridges and projects for the poor, but which got funneled to the fake NGOs, did not reach the threshold level of P50 million.
The charges of malversation, graft and bribery against Biazon covers the period between 2007 and 2010.
Upon being informed of the charges, Biazon issued a statement, saying, he has “yet to see the documents pertinent to this issue, but I welcome the opportunity to clarify and answer the accusation whether before the National Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Ombudsman or the courts.”
He added, “I had always exercised prudence and fidelity in the performance of my duty as representative of Muntinlupa as well as in other responsibilities to the public, and pursued projects and programs that benefited my constituents. But as we have seen in some instances, the processes involved have been vulnerable to abuse by certain parties.”
Well, statements are good, but stepping down as BOC commissioner is the most appropriate thing to do.
Nobody wants to see a person with marred reputation running an agency that is known to be corrupt, if not the most corrupt in the country today.
That will save President Benigno Aquino additional embarrassing moments considering that Biazon is a party mate.