Duterte appoints Faeldon to Customs

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 31 2016 08:42 PM

Incoming Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon. File Photo

DAVAO CITY (UPDATED) - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday unveiled other members of his Cabinet.

Former military rebel Nicanor Faeldon was chosen for the Bureau of Customs, Delfin Lorenzana will be national defense secretary, and former South Cotabato Governor Ismael 'Mike' Sueño will be interior and local government secretary.

Also named to key posts include: 

  • Dante Gierran for the National Bureau of Investigation, 
  • Edgar Galvante for the Land Transportation Office, 
  • Cesar Dulay for the Bureau of Internal Revenue, 
  • Martin Delgra for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, 
  • Isidro Lapena for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 
  • Ricardo Jalad for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 
  • Jaime Morente for the Bureau of Immigration, 
  • Fortunato dela Peña for the Department of Science and Technology.

Duterte said it took him time to review the qualifications of his chosen Cabinet members.

"It took me several days of -- when I'm not around in the public eye -- I'm there reviewing the papers of the recommendees, and I can assure you that they are all men of integrity and honesty. Wala akong nakitang talagang bahid sa isa kanila. Otherwise, ayaw ko na para wala akong problema," Duterte said.

An ABS-CBN News source earlier disclosed that the president-elect had indeed chosen Faeldon for the Bureau of Customs.

In an earlier interview, Duterte's top aide Bong Go said Faeldon will be a key part of the administration.

"Ito importante to sa administrasyon ni Mayor," Go said, while pointing to Faeldon.

Faeldon, who used to be allied with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, first gained fame when he and a group of junior officers led the Oakwood mutiny in the Makati Business District on July 27, 2003, during the Arroyo administration.

Among those who accompanied him in leading the mutiny were Army Captains Gerardo Gambala and Milo Maestrecampo and then- Navy officer Trillanes.

Back then, Faeldon and the leaders of the mutiny said they staged the mutiny to protest corruption in the military and the participation of several ranking military officers in partisan politics.

He was jailed for two years and then escaped while being brought to a court hearing in Makati City.

Faeldon's notoriety grew when he, as a fugitive, posted pictures showing him inside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command headquarters in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and another set showing him inside the AFP Southern Command headquarters in Zamboanga City.

In January 2006, he was arrested. A year later, he became a fugitive anew after escaping from the Manila Peninsula hotel during a Trillanes-led siege.

The PNP had offered a million peso bounty for Faeldon's arrest. Faeldon surrendered in 2010. -- with a report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News