Senate grants furlough to detained Faeldon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 12 2018 05:36 PM

Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Senate on Friday said it has allowed detained former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon a furlough to witness the birth of his youngest child.

As of this posting, there are no details yet on how long Faeldon was allowed to go out of Senate detention.

Faeldon has been detained at the Senate since September last year for refusing to participate at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee's inquiry on the P6.4-billion drug shipment from China that was smuggled through the Manila port.

In a statement Friday, Faeldon, who left the agency as he faced corruption allegations, thanked Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Richard Gordon for his "decency and compassion."

"Masasaksihan ko na ang pagsilang ng aking bunsong anak, mayayakap ko na ang mga mahal ko sa buhay, makakapag-oath taking na ako sa DND-OCD (Department of National Defense- Office of Civil Defense) as Deputy Administrator III, at makapag-papagamot na ako sa aking cardiologist," he said.

Faeldon had earlier accused Gordon of inflicting "cruel, degrading, and inhuman[e] punishment" on him while detained at the Senate for allegedly denying his furlough requests. 

Gordon, in response, argued that he has accommodated several of Faeldon's requests for humanitarian reasons, such as to celebrate his father's birthday with relatives.

-- with a report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News