Ethics complaint vs Lacson, Trillanes junked

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2018 10:32 AM | Updated as of Feb 20 2018 11:29 AM

MANILA - (UPDATED) A Senate body junked Tuesday the ethics complaint filed by former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon against Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV. 

The complaint stemmed from the lawmakers' alleged misconduct during a legislative probe on the Customs bureau's failure to intercept P6.4 billion worth of shabu in May 2017.

During the proceedings, Lacson accused Faeldon of accepting bribes for facilitating questionable shipments. Trillanes meanwhile allegedly made "insinuations" against Faeldon, the latter's camp had said. 

During the ethics panel's deliberation, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon pointed out that Faeldon himself issued malicious statements against lawmakers. 

Lacson inhibited from the committee voting while all of its other members voted to dismiss the ethics complaint against him and Trillanes.

Faeldon, for his part, had denied pocketing grease money and refused to attend the investigation, leading to his detention in the Senate and eventual transfer to the Pasay City Jail. 

With a report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News