Faeldon: Customs lawyer who called Alvarez ‘imbecile’ stays


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Bureau of Customs (BOC) head executive assistant Atty. Mandy Anderson will keep her post even after a run-in with the House of Representatives, BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said.

Faeldon said he stands by his chief of staff who was grilled during a congressional hearing after she described Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as an imbecile on her social media post.

“I will let Atty. Mandy Anderson remain in the bureau as we need more people like her whose character is untainted with politics and corruption,” Faeldon said.

“Also, her personal opinion does not reflect or affect her efficacy in public service. We will remain firm in our resolve to provide good public service,” Faeldon added.

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Anderson made the controversial remark when Alvarez said Congress can abolish the Court of Appeals.

Anderson also revealed in a radio interview Thursday that the post stemmed from an encounter in May where Alvarez tried to use his influence to have an unqualified employee of the BOC  promoted.

Later on, Anderson checked the person’s qualification and found that the employee was not qualified for promotion, prompting her and Faeldon to turn down the favor of Alvarez.

“They persisted. And then I was called to the Speaker’s office. He scolded me,” Anderson said.

The bar topnotcher also revealed that she even received threatening message from the Speaker’s staff and a call from his executive assistant telling her that the marching order of Alvarez is to “bring hell to me (Anderson) and the Commissioner.”

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“I acknowledge that Facebook is a social media platform readily accessible to the public. I am not condoning the action of my chief of staff but Atty. Anderson is entitled to her own opinion,” Faeldon said.

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