MANILA - (UPDATED) Former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon said Friday he would surrender to the Senate, but would not testify in its investigation on a P6.4-billion illegal drugs shipment from China.
Faeldon said he was protesting how the reputations of some witnesses in the hearings are destroyed by Senators in their privilege speeches.
"By Monday I will go to Senate and let myself arrested but I will not go there to attend the hearing... Pwede nila ko buhatin, paupuin dun (They can carry me, make me sit down) but still my position is I will not participate," he said.
"Going to jail is better than attending to those inquiries," he said.
Faeldon also questioned how some lawmakers believe statements made by "self-confessed corrupt businessmen" over those of "innocent resource persons." He cited one witness, customs fixer Mark Taguba.
"You know if you have a self-confessed corrupt businessman saying anything to incriminate people, 'yun na 'yung pipiliin mong paniwalaan kesa yung a gentleman and officer who has never been involved in any corruption, may problema tayo," Faeldon added.
(You know if you have a self-confessed corrupt businessman saying anything to incriminate people, and you choose to believe him instead of a gentleman officer who has never been involved in any corruption, we have a problem.)
Faeldon said he was not defying Senate rules, but was merely questioning lawmakers' right to use their privileges speeches against other people.
The former military rebel had said he would rather explain his side in court than testify before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
Faeldon resigned as Bureau of Customs commissioner last month after both houses of Congress investigated the agency's failure to block the "shabu" importation.