Faeldon skips Senate probe, wants court trial

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Posted at Sep 07 2017 11:09 AM | Updated as of Sep 07 2017 04:27 PM

Ex-Customs chief issues waiver to open bank accounts

MANILA - (UPDATED) Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Thursday skipped anew the continuation of a Senate inquiry into the alleged corruption at his agency Thursday, saying he would rather face a court trial. 

In a letter to Senate blue ribbon committee, Faeldon said he "was not given a chance to fully explain his side" during previous Senate hearings. 

"I continue to have highest respect to the Senate as an institution, but I no longer have faith in the impartiality of some of its members who have lied to malign me and other innocent resource persons," his letter read. 

Faeldon also urged his critics to file cases against him in court. 
 
"I will attend all investigation to be conducted by a competent court anytime, anywhere when cases are filed against me," he said. 

Faeldon and other BOC officials are at the heart of 2 congressional probes into their agency's failure to block the smuggling of a P6.4 billion shabu haul last May. 
 
Senator Panfilo Lacson last August named Faeldon among the alleged major recipients of bribes at the bureau. 

Faeldon, for his part, denied the accusation and tagged Lacson's son as an alleged cement smuggler. 

Blue ribbon committee chairperson Richard Gordon said he will discuss Faeldon's "contemptuous remarks" with other senators. 

In his Thursday's letter to the Senate, Faeldon attached a bank secrecy waiver to allow lawmakers to scrutinize all his accounts. 

"All my brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces are also willing to sign a waiver of their bank accounts, just say the word," he said. 

The blue ribbon committee cited Faeldon in contempt and ordered him to appear in the next hearing on Monday. Faeldon would face the prospect of arrest if he defies the panel's order.