‘illegal requests’ to him while at BoC

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their requests,” the former Customs official said.

Faeldon recalled that in 2016, Drilon had requested to meet with him at the Senate twice and asked him to sign a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between the BoC and the office of Nat i o n a l Hi s tor i c a l Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairperson, Serena Diokno. The MoA, he said, would be for the renovation of a BoC house in Iloilo, which would be converted into a museum, and the BoC will only occupy its third floor.

Faeldon said he refused to sign the MoA until their third meeting where he said he “forcibly changed” the provisions of the agreement.

“So I’m sorry Senator Drilon wala ka dito but that’s exactly what transpired,” he said.

Also in 2016, Faeldon said Sotto personally asked him to appoint a BOC official, Erik Albano, as director of intelligence.

“Idol kita Tito Sen, pasensya na ha pero this is illegal as far as I’m concerned,” Faeldon said. “As early as 2016, twice, personally he asked me to appoint one official of the Bureau of Customs as the director of (intelligence).”

But Aquino came to the defense of the two senators.

“Parang hindi naman ho yata ganun ka-illegal na nagre-recommend ka ng tao o meron kang project na gustong matuloy,” he said. —

Jesus then crossed to the other side of the lake and a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and threw himself at his feet and asked him earnestly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live.”

Jesus went with him and many people followed. Among the crowd was a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. Since she had heard about Jesus, this woman came up behind him and touched his cloak thinking, “If I just touch his clothing, I shall get well.” Her flow of blood dried up at once, and she felt in her body that she was healed.

But Jesus was conscious that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples answered, “You see how the people are crowding around you. Why do you ask who touched you?” But he kept looking around. Then the woman came forward, knelt before him and told him the whole truth. Then Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be free of this illness.”

Some people arrived from the official’s house to inform him, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master any further?” But Jesus ignored what they said and told the official, “Do not fear, just believe.” When they arrived at the house,

D@iGITAL-EXPERIENCE (Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)

Today’s Gospel tells us that “faith always influences the heart” (f.a.i.t.h.) of Jesus whether expressed in public or exercised in secret. The synagogue official expressed his faith in public, while the woman exercised her faith in secret. Both moved the heart of Jesus. These two expressions, taken together, model a process that generates strong faith. Such process starts in reflective silence (faith expression of the woman) and ends in eloquent proclamation (faith expression of the synagogue official). Reflective silence cultivates inner disposition conducive to faith. The process must end in proclamation. Until we become as loud, our faith remains like a lamp hidden under a bushel basket. Hardly will it move the heart of Jesus. –( Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.

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