July 19, 2018, 4:11 am
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Gordon gives in to Faeldon; Lacson says ‘Wow’

SEN. Richard Gordon yesterday said he would send former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon home if the latter insists on not attending the Senate probe on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment discovered last May.

Gordon, however, clarified that Faeldon would still be cited in contempt.

Faeldon on Monday went to the Senate not to attend the ongoing Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on shabu smuggling and corruption at the BOC, but to surrender to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms where he is detained indefinitely.

“Kung ganyan na talaga ang position niya (If that is his position not to attend the hearing), I will send him home, but he would be under contempt. Di mo naman mapipilit ‘yan (you cannot force him), but it might be a bad precedent,” Gordon said.

Reacting to Gordon’s statement, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said in his Twitter account: “Wow!”

Gordon said Faeldon 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.”

“He wants to pave that path... I can’t tell him do what he doesn’t want to do,” he said.

Gordon said Faeldon felt he would be treated unfairly by Lacson and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, both of whom have accused him of being involved in the corruption at the BOC.

He said the right of senators to ask questions has limitations.

“The rules don’t have to be changed. The rules are there for them to follow...for each senator to follow...that’s why I said the rights of senators to ask questions are limited by the applications and the duty to respect the right of the witness and not to insult him,” he said.

Jose Diño, Faeldon’s counsel, said the former Marine captain is ready to be detained anywhere and should not be threatened.

“He voluntarily asked that he be detained straight to his detention room and he said that, and you may quote me on this, his detention wherever it may be, whether it is in the Senate or in Pasay or in Muntinlupa,” Diño said.

“That’s just a very small price to pay for a person who has a message… to impart to his fellowmen. His message is (that the) indignity in this so called investigations which are frankly speaking in aid of persecution,” he added.

When told Faeldon could just invoke his right against self-incrimination, Diño said: “That’s precisely our point. We are being forced to attend indecent proceedings by indecent senators.” -- With JP Lopez
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