MANILA, Philippines – After almost 5 months of detention inside the Senate, former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is now at the Pasay City Jail.
This, after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee led by Senator Richard Gordon signed a commitment order against the former BOC Chief.
“Senate President has signed na siya’y dadalhin sa Pasay (that he will be brought to Pasay). Wala namang isyu ang (there is no issue on) sanitation or anything like that,” Gordon said.
The Office of the Senate Secretary assigned two personnel to guard Faeldon.
“Meron kaming (We have) assigned OSSA, 24/7,” Senate Secretary Atty. Lutgardo Barbo said.
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said Faeldon will, in the meantime, be placed in a separate cell.
The BJMP spokesperson, however, stressed that despite this set-up, Faeldon will be treated as a regular detainee.
“Wala pong special treatment na pwedeng ibigay ang BJMP sa kanila. Kailangan niya pong mag-join ng mga regular activities,” BJMP Spokesperson S/Insp. Xavier Solda said.
(No special treatment will be given to him by BJMP. He is required to join regular activities.)
Faeldon’s camp sees this Senate decision as a welcome development.
“Very-very happy siya kasi po sa Senado, solitary siya. Ang dalaw lang ay 8 a.m. hanggang 8 p.m. lang,” Faeldon’s Legal Counsel Atty. Jose Diño said.
(He is very happy because in the Senate he is in solitary. Visitors are only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
They have also reiterated their appeal to the Supreme Court for his provisional release.
“Yung (the) provisional release pending litigation, humihingi kami ng (we are asking a ) TRO,” Diño said.
Meanwhile, Malacañang maintains that it will not intervene with the issue.
The administration believes Faeldon is capable to perform his duties as Deputy Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense despite being in detention.
“Our position is he can perform his tasks wherever he maybe even in jail. We have never intervened in the legislative process,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has earlier placed Faeldon in detention after he refused to attend the committee’s probe on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue