Faeldon released from detention upon Gordon's order

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) — Former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon has been released from detention Monday.

During the Senate probe on the P6.4-billion drug shipment from China, Senator Richard Gordon asked for Faeldon's commitment that he would no longer resort to "back talking" and he would answer the Senate panel's questions directly. Faeldon responded, saying, "Yes, your honor."

"The committee chair hereby orders your release," Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Gordon then said.

As the same senator who ordered the former Customs chief's arrest, Gordon warned Faeldon he may be cited in contempt once again if he breaks his commitment to the Senate.

Right after the hearing, Gordon signed Faeldon's release order and he was allowed to go home.

Faeldon has been detained since September 2017 after a verbal spat with Gordon during a hearing and was cited for contempt.

He then refused to attend the subsequent Senate hearings, saying he would gladly stay in jail until a competent court clears him.

He temporarily stayed at Senate detention facility until January 30, when he was transferred to the Pasay City Jail.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Faeldon in December as Deputy Administrator III of the Office of Civil Defense.