Senate grants furlough to Faeldon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — The Senate on Friday granted former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon a furlough.

In a statement, Faeldon thanked Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (SBRC) chair Richard Gordon for approving the request.

"Maraming salamat po SBRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon for your decency and compassion," Faeldon said.

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

Faeldon said he will now be able to witness the birth of his youngest child, be examined by his cardiologist, and have his oath-taking as deputy administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense.

The former Customs Commissioner earlier slammed Gordon for denying his requests and for allegedly inflicting "cruel, degrading, and inhuman punishment" on him.

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

Faeldon has linked Lacson and his son Panfilo Lacson Jr. to smuggling cement into the country, allegations the senator has denied.

Gordon responded by calling the allegations "preposterous," saying Faeldon's requests were denied due to security risks.

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