Faeldon seeks furlough to file ethics rap vs Trillanes

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2017 09:51 AM

MANILA - Detained former customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is seeking permission to personally file an ethics complaint against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for "serious misconduct" on Monday, his lawyer said.

Faeldon will also cite in the complaint the senator's "unethical and unparliamentary conduct" and "disorderly behavior that reflect on the Senate as a whole," said lawyer Jose Dino Jr. 

Trillanes and Faeldon once fought side by side in 2 military uprisings against former president Gloria Arroyo in 2003 and 2007 until their falling out was brought to the public sphere during last year's elections.

Trillanes earlier confronted Faeldon at a Senate hearing over widespread corruption at the Bureau of Customs, prompting the resigned commissioner to boycott subsequent proceedings.

The Senate blue ribbon committee ordered his detention until he appeared again in its inquiry into P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment that slipped through the customs bureau last May.

Dino wrote the committee Thursday asking that Faeldon be allowed to temporarily leave his detention room at the Senate to file the ethics complaint.

"We commit and undertake to complete the filing in 15 minutes or less," the lawyer said in the letter.

Faeldon insisted he had nothing to do with corruption at the agency, taking offense over the senator's claim that he was "at the heart of the controversy."

A separate ethics complaint was earlier filed against Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who alleged that Faeldon had received P100 million in "welcome gift" when he assumed the customs post.

Faeldon denied the allegation and asked the ethics committee to compel Lacson to show proof.