THE Anti-Graft Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has issued summons to a controversial “consultant” of Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon for repeatedly “cursing” a lady customs examiner last September 1.
Issued summons on Tuesday by NBI Deputy Director for Investigation Service Atty. Jose Justos S. Yap were Mike Sabban, Eden Pasumbal and Mel Rabo, all assigned at the Intelligence Group (IG) of the bureau, and Dada Gatchalian, customs broker of Berba Enterprises.
Sabban, a contractual employee hired by Faeldon for P30,000 a month, is the younger brother of bemedalled and highly respected former Western Mindanao Command chief retired Lt. General Juancho Sabban.
He was accused by Dadural of oral defamation before the NBI as well as usurpation of authority and violation of RA 9262 or the law on violence against women and children.
In her sworn complaint, Dadural, assigned at the Formal Entry Division at the Port of Manila (FED-POM), stated that upon the instruction of her division chief, she accompanied Gatchalian to the IG to inquire on the status of Berba Enterprises’ shipment that was put on hold by the IG for alleged violation of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.
Dadural said that after they conferred with then IG officer in charge Atty. Liza Sebastian and Rabo on the matter, they were ushered into a room where she was confronted by Sabban together with Pasumbal.
The complainant said she was cursed loudly at least “15 times” by Sabban and accused of “lawyering” on behalf of the importer.
In an earlier interview, Sabban denied cursing Dadural that much but admitted that he badmouthed her “twice or thrice.”
He also downplayed Dadural’s complaint, maintaining it would not prosper as he “did not” physically harm her.
Sources noted that it would not be the first time that Sabban has turned off a lot of people at the bureau, similar to Faeldon, who is also always heard of cursing most of the time even during official meetings.
Informed of the complaint, Sabban also earlier threatened to get back at Dadural by suing her for “perjury, graft and grave misconduct detrimental to the service.”