MANILA - Former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon will remain in Senate custody despite being appointed to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.
Lacson said Faeldon may assume his new post as deputy administrator of the OCD but he must remain in their custody until the Senate lifts his contempt citation.
"While he can assume his new post at the OCD, he may have to function from the Senate detention facility via remote control, unless his contempt citation is lifted by the Senate acting as a collegial body," he said.
Faeldon was cited in contempt after he failed to appear in the Senate's probe into the billion-peso shabu shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs last May 2017.
Lacson has accused Faeldon of being a major recipient of grease money at the bureau, saying the former customs chief got a P100-million "welcome pasalubong" when he was appointed to the BOC.
Faeldon, who has repeatedly denied these accusations, was relieved last August 2017. He was replaced by former PDEA chief Director General Isidro Lapeña.
Despite the allegations, President Rodrigo Duterte said he believes Faeldon is an honest man.