House panel eyes custody of ex-Customs officer in shabu slip

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Posted at Nov 12 2018 03:49 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2018 07:38 PM

Mr. Jimmy Guban of the Customs Intelligence & Investigation Service attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probe on the alleged entry of the P6.8 billion worth of shabu in the country on September 19, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The House dangerous drugs committee may seek custody of former Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban, who was tagged in the alleged P11-billion drug slip involving the bureau, the panel's chairperson said Monday. 

Guban has admitted to finding a consignee for 4 magnetic lifters that allegedly contained the drugs. He was placed under the witness protection program and taken into the custody by the Department of Justice earlier this month. 

Surigao Del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers, who led the House inquiry into the shabu shipment, said he is not aware of any case where Guban can serve as state witness. 

He said he will clarify Guban's admission to the WPP with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. 

Guban, he noted, was also earlier cited in contempt by the House dangerous drugs panel for failing to answer questions during its hearings. 

“I will ask a lot of our legal luminaries in the House and legal department if we can still enforce the contempt order," said Barbers. 
 
Guban earlier said he tapped SMYD Trading as a consignee for the magnetic lifters on the request of dismissed Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto. 

The lifters were found empty at a warehouse in Cavite province last August, days after P4.3 billion worth of shabu were seized from similar containers at the Manila port. 

Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News