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Appointed pero di lalaya: Ping says Faeldon needs to perform new duties inside Senate detention

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Ex-Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon may have to discharge his new powers as deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense from his detention facility at the Senate, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.

Lacson said that while the Senate cannot dictate on President Duterte who to appoint or not, it cannot be dictated upon to release Faeldon from custody either.

“So 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 in a text message to reporters.

On Wednesday, Malacanang announced the appointment of Faeldon as deputy administrator of the OCD.

Faeldon has been detained at the Senate since September for refusing to testify on the P6.4-billion shipment of shabu into the country from China.

“The Senate cannot dictate on the president who to appoint or not. Faeldon has not been convicted of any crime yet and certainly he is not barred from assuming an appointive or even an elective position. Certainly, the president has the authority to exercise his prerogative to appoint him,” Lacson said.

“However, the Senate cannot also be dictated upon to release Faeldon from custody,” he added.