MANILA - Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has been transferred to the Pasay City Jail on Tuesday after being cited in contempt by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
Faeldon, who has been detained for contempt since September 2017 after he failed to show up in previous hearings, was brought to his cell at around noon.
Senators unanimously decided to transfer the former Customs chief to the Pasay City Jail on Monday, following a hearing into the alleged corruption inside the agency.
Faeldon, who was recently appointed to the Office of Civil Defense, figured in a heated exchanged with Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Richard Gordon during the hearing.
The former Customs chief accused Gordon of "exaggerating" and "monologuing" during the hearing. The senator in return called him "arrogant" and "defiant."
Senate President Koko Pimentel himself signed the commitment order to transfer Faeldon to jail. The transfer was only made today because prison authorities had to ensure a space for him.
Faeldon already asked the Supreme Court to declare as "void and illegal" his detention at the Senate for snubbing lawmakers' hearings on illegal drugs.
He accused the Senate and House of Representatives, which conducted its own probe into the Customs controversy, of "maligning innocent persons," including himself.
Faeldon has been accused of corruption during his Customs stint. Senator Panfilo Lacson, in a privilege, speech claims Faeldon got P100 million "welcome pasalubong" when he assumed office.
He resigned from office last August 2017 and was replaced by Isidro Lapeña. But President Rodrigo Duterte said he still trusts Faeldon, appointing him to another government position later on.