September 25, 2017, 1:30 am
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Gordon-Lacson clash in the making?

SEN. Panfilo Lacson yesterday reminded Sen. Richard Gordon that he should not unilaterally make decisions even if it involves a committee that he chairs.

Lacson was reacting to the statement of Gordon that he would let former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon  go home if he does not want to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, which is investigating the smuggling of shabu and corruption at the BOC.

Faeldon is currently being detained at the Senate for snubbing committee summonses. He said he chose detention instead of being questioned in an “indecent proceeding” by “indecent senators.”

“The Senate and its committees are collegial bodies. The chairman cannot decide on everything. He only presides. Decisions are made through motions,” Lacson said.

Lacson said decisions on the detention and release of persons cited for contempt need the final approval of the Senate President. 

He said Gordon should also release a preliminary report.

He said the investigation on corruption at the BOC would go a long way, especially on the issue of alert orders on shipments that was centralized at the main office during Faeldon’s time.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has promised to submit documents on alert orders, which he said has become a tool for corruption.

Lacson said he has a memorandum which showed that Faeldon took away the authority of district collectors to issue alert orders. He said Faeldon centralized everything, and there were reports that the alert orders are being used to gain more “tara.”

He said he has witnesses and documents that would support the case that he would file against Faeldon and other BOC officials before the Office of the Ombudsman. – JP Lopez
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