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Customs exec Gambala resigns

Deputy Customs Commissioner Gerardo Gambala, one of the officers implicated by Senator Panfilo Lacson in corruption, has tendered his irrevocable resignation from the agency.

"Si Deputy Commissioner Gambala has tendered his resignation. I received it during my time na, I think that's during a month ago," Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña told reporters at a briefing in Pasay City.

Gambala was one of the BOC officials mentioned by Lacson as being involved in corruption, along with former Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.

According to Lapeña, Gambala indicated in his resignation that he wants to spend more time with his family.

"Ang nasabi sa akin ay about his family, para maka-attend daw siya sa kaniyang family, but that is also what he stated in his letter of resignation," Lapeña said.

"I don't know if it reached Malacañang," he added.

Gambala earlier denied receiving bribe money during his term at the BOC.

"Alam ng Diyos kung ano ang mga ginawa ko. Wala akong maitatago sa Kanya," he said in August.

Lapeña said he has already recommended the appointment of two new Deputy Commissioners who served with him during his time as chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

"I recommended si General Quinto who was then my Deputy Director in PDEA and of course si Director Rosales who was then Director for Plans and Preparation in PDEA," he said.

"These are the two I originally recommended to become Deputy Commissioners. Ito 'yung dalawang dala dala ko," he added. — RSJ, GMA News