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Hindi beast mode: Gordon calm, patient in dealing with Faeldon in Senate hearing

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Senator Dick Gordon on Tuesday turned off his “beast mode” button and was extra patient in dealing with Customs Commissioner Nick Faeldon’s tantrums.

Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, yesterday continued the investigation on the smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of shabu from China.

Faeldon snubbed the query of Sen. Sonny Trillanes about the corruption at the Bureau of Customs. Faeldon is sore at the senator for saying that he is “at the heart” of the shabu scandal.

“I have high respects to the Senate as an institution, to the chair and to all other members of the Senate. I will answer all your questions but to honorable Trillanes, I will not answer,” the BoC chief said.

To which Gordon said, “Well, I’m afraid it’s not your choice. Because other people can ask you questions and you have to answer them anyway. I appeal to you. I have to protect the institution.”

“I’m being patient. Sagutin mo na lang ‘yung tanong. Anyway, kung wala sa lugar ang tanong, I will intervene. P’wede ba? Ako na nakikiusap sa ‘yo. Sabi mo you respect the Senate, you respect the chairman. Nakikiusap ako sa ‘yo,” he told Faeldon.

“And I promised my wife I’m going to be patient. I will not raise my voice today. So, try not to make me raise my voice. Please,” Gordon said.

When Faeldon still refused to budge, Gordon called for a recess and talked to him personally. The senator eventually managed to convince the former Marine captain to answer Trillanes’ question.