Faeldon takes oath as new OCD official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2018 09:08 AM | Updated as of Jan 16 2018 10:23 AM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Tuesday has taken his oath as the new deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

Faeldon, who has been detained at the Senate after he refused to attend the hearings on the drug smuggling scandal, was able to secure a "few hours" of furlough from the Blue Ribbon Committee.

He took his oath at around 8:15 a.m. before Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who earlier said the agency did not request for him but they "welcome him with open arms."

Senate sergeant-at-arms Jose Balajadia said part of the agreement is for Faeldon to immediately return to the Senate after taking his oath "because he is under detention."

The former Customs chief was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to the Office of Civil Defense last December despite being implicated in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu into the port of Manila.

He was also accused by Senator Panfilo Lacson of taking bribes in Customs, even allegedly receiving "pasalubong" money when he assumed office. 

Faeldon has repeatedly denied all these allegations. President Duterte also said he trusts the former Customs chief despite the accusations thrown against him.

Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Blue Ribbon committee, also allowed Faeldon to observe a 48-hour furlough last Friday so he could join his partner who was delivering their baby boy.--report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News