MANILA, Philippines- “I am at peace of my decision.”
A visibly relaxed Custom Commissioner Ruffy Biazon faced nationwide television as he read his irrevocable resignation in a dramatic fashion to the public Monday afternoon.
“I resigned in order to prevent the exploitation of the controversy by parties who would like nothing better to have issues to throw against the Aquino administration…I resigned to protect my family particularly my young children from the hostile environment of a public controversy involving their father,” said Biazon.
Prioritizing family’s welfare over embroiled in controversy, Biazon admitted that his children “are too young to understand, that in the face of allegations like these, anyone is deemed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.”
Biazon also said that he resigned to uphold the honor of his father, former senator, army chief and now Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, who according to him has served the country for 52 years.
“No position worth sacrificing with for the well-being and for the peace of mind of my family.”
“I resigned in order to relieve myself from the stress and pressure that have been brought upon me by those that have been affected by the reforms that I have initiated,” Biazon said, adding that there’s a “well-funded” attack against him.
“In the past two years, I have so far survived the attacks and obstacle thrown at me, but I can only take so much.”
Though Biazon admitted that “that presidential appointees served at the pleasure of the President,” he also believed that public officers served “based on the trust of the Filipino people.”
He added:”Honor dictates that I give up the post and make way for a new leadership in the Custom.”
In a Malacanang statement on Biazon’s resignation, Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III said that he already had a meeting with Biazon prior to his resignation.
“ In his letter to me, and in our conversation, he explained that it would be best to provide the Secretary of Finance the widest leverage and flexibility to steer the future direction of the Bureau of Customs, in light of the controversy brought about by Commissioner Biazon’s inclusion in the complaint of the National Bureau of Investigation before the Ombudsman.”
“Commissioner Biazon believes that the proper thing to do is to defend himself without compromising his past record, or the ongoing reforms in the Bureau. He is especially concerned with protecting his family, in particular his children, from the effects of a public controversy,” Aquino added.
Aquino said he has have given Commissioner Biazon “until the end of the week to wind up his affairs in the Bureau of Customs, in order to ensure an orderly transfer.”
“I thank him for his years of service to our administration and the nation. I wish him nothing but the best as he returns to private life.”
Biazon who was once a representative in Muntinlupa prior to his Custom post faced corruption charges from the Department of Justice last week.