Faeldon skips Senate probe, chooses to be detained

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2017 01:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 11 2017 05:51 PM

Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon turned himself in at the Senate on Monday, after lawmakers cited him in contempt for snubbing their hearings on a P6.4-billion drug shipment from China.

Faeldon said last week he will not testify before the Senate probe on the shabu shipment as he would rather explain his side in court.

He skipped Monday's 9 a.m. hearing. Around noon, he went straight to the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms from his home in Taytay, Rizal. 

"Sabi niya, respetado naman niya ang Senado at handa siyang mag-stay dito at makulong," said Senator Richard Gordon, chairperson of the blue ribbon committee. 

He noted that the former Customs chief did not want to show up while Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV were in the hearing. 

Faeldon, he said, will be detained until "he decides to come over, until the Senate says you may go." 

Gordon last week cited Faeldon in contempt after he slammed the "impartiality of some of its members who have lied to malign [him] and other innocent resource persons." 

Faeldon has challenged his critics to file cases against him in a "competent court." He also waived his rights under bank secrecy laws to allow lawmakers to scrutinize his accounts.