Senate detains ex-Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee was in the middle of its investigation on the shabu shipment and the alleged existing “tara system” in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) when former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon arrived.

Faeldon directly went to the Office of the Sergeant- at- Arms where he would be temporarily detained.

Faeldon will stay at the Senate facility until he decides to face the investigation of the Blue Ribbon Committee on the alleged widespread corruption in the Bureau of Customs.

Blue Ribbon Committee chair Senator Richard Gordon personally visited Faeldon to convince him to face the hearing, but to no avail.

“The Senate is actually respecting him. He just doesn’t want to testify here. He wants to testify in court,” said Gordon.

However, Senator Gordon said the former Customs chief still needs to answer several issues like his alleged acceptance of 100 million peso worth of welcome gift.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, noted the Senate will not coerce Faeldon to talk.

“I cannot force him to testify and the committee will not force him because we want to avoid a spectacle that we are dragging someone in the session hall just to testify,” said Lacson.

Lacson said he is now readying the charges he will file against the former Customs chief and his colleagues.

“Let’s say my documentation has finally been completed. We are finalizing it and we were about to draft the complaint that I will lodge before the office of the Ombudsman against Faeldon,” said Lacson. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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