This could nicely describe how Sen. Richard Gordon is operating the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, notably in dealing with detained ex-Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
Gordon on Tuesday mentioned he could permit Faeldon to go house if Faeldon refuses to attend the Senate investigation on how P6.Four billion value of shabu slipped into the nation whereas below his watch.
“Di mo naman mapipilit ‘yan, but it might be a bad precedent, so my own feeling about that is…that he is hurt, he is hurting and he is not used to be criticized and that is wrong that there are leaders dignified to be criticized,” Gordon claimed.
This is regardless of Faeldon having been cited in contempt for his earlier assertion the place he mentioned he would give up to the Senate however wouldn’t testify on the panel’s hearings.
Gordon didn’t seem to confer with the opposite Blue Ribbon committee members on the matter – which is the usual process for the panel when making choices.
His determination prompted Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who Faeldon attacked for delivering a privilege speech detailing corruption within the Customs Bureau final Aug. 23, to tweet: “WOW!” (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/standing/907531282061582339)
Last week, Gordon additionally acted unilaterally when he withdrew protecting custody for dealer Mark Taguba, after Taguba indicated the involvement of the “Davao Group” in smuggling actions.
The transfer prompted Taguba to subject a press release retracting his earlier feedback.
But final Monday, Sept. 11, Lacson moved to revive protecting custody for Taguba, who he mentioned could present extra data on payoffs within the BOC.
Also in earlier hearings on the P6.Four-billion shabu cargo, Gordon had monopolized the proceedings, reducing off different senators who had needed to ask their questions.