Faeldon won't seek release from Senate custody

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 23 2017 01:23 PM

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

MANILA- Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon will not request the Senate to release him from its custody even after the Department of Justice (DOJ) cleared him of any wrongdoing in connection with the P6.4 billion "shabu" shipment from China, his lawyer said Thursday.

Lawyer Jose Dino said Faeldon feels "vindicated" by the DOJ ruling but will not ask the Senate for his release to send a message to the public that "nobody has to be investigated in aid of persecution and of one senator, in aid of obsession.”

“We will not eh (ask for Faeldon's release). We have not asked the Senate, specifically the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee nor we ever request it to release captain Faeldon despite the vindication that we received based on news reports that the DOJ has absolved us from any liabilities,” Dino said in a phone interview.

Faeldon is detained in the Senate after he was cited for contempt by the Blue Ribbon Committee for refusing to answer questions from Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV during a public hearing.

The former Customs chief has filed ethics complaints against the 2 senators for allegedly harassing him and abusing their authority as lawmakers.

Dino added that their camp believes Faeldon is just being subjected to “lies and vilification” and that his continuous Senate detention is but a “small price to pay” to stress his message.

"He’s (Faeldon) doing well. He is still in a very good in fighting form,” Dino said.

Lacson earlier accused Faeldon and 6 of his appointed men in Customs of executing corruption schemes in the bureau.

Faeldon, in response, tagged Lacson's son, Panfilo "Pampi" Lacson Jr. to cement smuggling.