Gordon breaking Blue Ribbon panel rules with Faeldon
This may well describe how Sen. Richard Gordon is running the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, particularly in dealing with detained ex-Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
Gordon on Tuesday said he may allow Faeldon to go home if Faeldon refuses to attend the Senate investigation on how P6.4 billion worth of shabu slipped into the country while under his watch.
“Di mo naman mapipilit ‘yan, but it might be a bad precedent, so my own feeling about that is…that he is hurt, he is hurting and he is not used to be criticized and that is wrong that there are leaders dignified to be criticized,” Gordon claimed.
This is despite Faeldon having been cited in contempt for his earlier statement where he said he would surrender to the Senate but would not testify at the panel’s hearings.
Gordon did not appear to confer with the other Blue Ribbon committee members on the matter – which is the standard procedure for the panel when making decisions.
His decision prompted Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who Faeldon attacked for delivering a privilege speech detailing corruption in the Customs Bureau last Aug. 23, to tweet: “WOW!” (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/907531282061582339)
Last week, Gordon also acted unilaterally when he withdrew protective custody for broker Mark Taguba, after Taguba indicated the involvement of the “Davao Group” in smuggling activities.
The move prompted Taguba to issue a statement retracting his earlier comments.
But last Monday, Sept. 11, Lacson moved to restore protective custody for Taguba, who he said may provide more information on payoffs in the BOC.
Also in earlier hearings on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment, Gordon had monopolized the proceedings, cutting off other senators who had wanted to ask their questions.