Resigned Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon yielded himself to Senate’s Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) Monday, in the course of the blue ribbon committee listening to, however solely to have himself detained and to not testify on corruption charges in opposition to him.
Sen. Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chair, mentioned Faeldon will stay in detention “until he decides to come out (to testify) or until Senate says you may go.”
The senator was fast to level out that Faeldon didn’t defy the Senate by refusing to topic himself to a grilling by committee members investigating the smuggling of P6.Four-billion value of shabu from China and on the alleged “tara” or payola system within the BOC.
“He is just not willing to go to the hearing nan nandyan ‘yung dalawa,” Gordon mentioned, referring to Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Panfilo Lacson.
Lacson alleged that he’s amongst these supposedly on the take within the BOC and purportedly obtained no less than P75 million “pasalubong” or goodwill cash upon his assumption within the company, amongst many different allegations whereas Trillanes alluded his involvement in overlaying up the cargo of the mentioned large bulk of unlawful medicine from Xiamen.
Gordon had earlier threatened to quote him in contempt of the committee, the corresponding sanction of which, is to place him in detention as subpoena had been issued to Faeldon.
“He is not under incarceration. He is under contempt. Ginalang naman nya ang Senado. Ang sinabi lang nya ayaw nya magsalita dito at gusto nya magtestify dun sa husgado. Tatanungin ko rin ang mga kasama ko kung gusto nila sa ganung paraan. Kung ako ang tatanungin, kung ganun din naman ang gagawin nya nasa sa kanya na ‘yan. He is a soldier (so) he knows that there are such things as temporary incarceration for not following orders,” he mentioned.
As far as the problems being hurled at Faeldon, his refusal to testify earlier than the committee can have no bearing on the findings of the committee, Gordon mentioned.
So far, the senator mentioned he had preliminary findings that Faeldon had been negligent in performing his duties as BOC chief and Lacson’s charges, if he is not going to refute it, it can stay within the information of the Senate.
“(I told him) ikaw ay binigyan ng nagpagkakataon. ‘Yun ang dapat mong tandaan. Sabi ko sa kanya, nasa iyo na ‘yan, hindi kita pipilitin. May contempt order ka na, dyan ka na lang,” he mentioned.