Faeldon accuses Gordon of 'cruel, degrading, inhuman punishment'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) — Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon slammed Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (SBRC) chair Richard Gordon for allegedly inflicting "cruel, degrading, and inhuman punishment" on him.

In a statement on Thursday, Faeldon cited several instances to justify his allegation, saying Gordon kept his loved ones from him during Christmas and New Year's days, and he was also unable to observe his religious practices.

 

Faeldon has been in Senate detention since September 10 after refusing a summons to appear at the inquiry on the corruption in the Customs bureau and the P6.4-billion drug smuggling.

He added the senator also did not allow him to be examined by his cardiologist to check on his heart ailment, and he was deprived of being present at the birth of his youngest child.

In a letter obtained by CNN Philippines, Gordon also denied the request of Atty. Jose Diño to allow Faeldon take his oath as a newly appointed deputy administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense at the Defense department's headquarters in Quezon City.

 

The oath-taking will take place on January 10 before Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad. He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to the post on December 22.

"I was warned that if I came out with this press statement, my visitation rights would be totally cut-off, along with the electricity and water in my detention room. Go ahead Sen. Gordon, kick me and punish me some more, if that makes you a bigger man," Faeldon said.

The former Customs commissioner added Gordon was taking orders from Sen. Panfilo Lacson whom he described as "the cement-smuggler senator."

Faeldon had earlier tagged Lacson and his son Panfilo Lacson, Jr., of being involved in smuggling cement to the country.

"I thought that Sen. Gordon was man enough to stand-up to the cement-smuggler senator. I was wrong again," Faeldon said.

CNN Philippines has reached out to both Gordon and Lacson, who have yet to release their statements.