Friday , June 22, 2018

Senate detains former Customs chief Faeldon

FORMER Bureau of Custom (BOC) chief Nicanor Faeldon is now under the Senate custody after he continuously refused to testify in the ongoing investigation into the P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China.

The Senate cited Faeldon in contempt last week for repeatedly snubbing summonses.

Faeldon earlier said he will not answer questions from senators but will submit himself for questioning in the proper court.

Faeldon arrived at the Senate at 11:35 a.m. while the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing, which started at 9 a.m., was ongoing.

Faeldon refused to accommodate any questions but maintained that he is not insulting the Senate as an institution.

He is now indefinitely detained in the Office of Sergeant-at-arms with at least six men assigned to watch him day and night.

Panel chair Senator Richard Gordon, who went to see Faeldon, described the resigned BOC chief as respectful and has shown cooperation during the hearing except for Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

"Faeldon doesn't want to testify in the Senate. He wants to testify in court. But he continues to respect the Senate. He made himself clear that he is submitting himself to the Senate, not for questioning but to be arrested," Gordon said.

The former BOC commissioner has said his absence is not to defy the Senate as an institution but rather a way of protesting the questioning of senators that include Lacson and Trillanes.

Senator Lacson said Faeldon will have to face the consequence of his action if he will not speak in the hearing as he reportedly said.

Gordon said it is the decision of Faeldon and the blue ribbon will only base its reaction on his actuation.

"I cannot decide for Faeldon alone. We have to consult the committee on Faeldon's case," Gordon clarified. (SunStar Philippines)