After detention, Faeldon tells senators: Be responsible with your words

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Posted at Mar 16 2018 11:41 AM | Updated as of Mar 16 2018 11:52 AM

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MANILA - Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Friday said senators should learn to be careful with their words to their resource persons and hold their legislative inquiries more responsibly.

Faeldon, now the deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, said he will remain a "nemesis" of senators if they will use their "parliamentary immunity to malign innocent people."

"I am appealing to these icons of the country, the senators to be more responsible. Kawawa naman, may nagpakamatay na dati, who was vilified during the conduct of the hearing. Pag-aralan niyo naman anong ibig sabihin ng parliamentary," he told ANC's Heds

"Tao rin kami, we have our families. Ok lang yan kung talagang guilty ka; pero if you are innocent at gaganyanin ka, magrereklamo ka talaga...In the past 31 years that we had this new Senate, marami na tayong nakitang kinawawa," he said.

Faeldon was detained in the Senate in September last year for refusing to participate in the Blue Ribbon Committee's inquiry on the P6.4 billion drug shipment from China that was smuggled through the Manila port.

He was transferred to the Pasay City Jail in January after bickering with Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the committee, when he finally attended the hearing. He was ordered released on Monday.

Faeldon said he was not questioning the Senate panel's investigation, but the manner by which it was conducted, where senators "only hear what they want to hear."

A month before Faeldon was detained, Senator Panfilo Lacson delivered a privilege speech to accuse the former marine captain of being a major recipient of grease money at the Bureau of Customs and that he received a P100-million "welcome pasalubong" when he was appointed to the post.

Faeldon fired back and alleged Lacson's son, Panfilo "Pampi" Lacson Jr, was involved in cement smuggling and the senator was aware of this.

"You’re mocking the entire society. You’re a senator and you’re trying to mock the people, you’re trying to show to the public that ‘Look, we are senators. We are governed by different laws; we are immune, we can do whatever we want. Those laws, hindi niyo kami pwedeng ipakulong kahit na-convict ka pa ng Ombudsman’…I will continue to question this. This is unequal treatment of the law," he said.