Ethics cases Faeldon would file vs Lacson, Trillanes might not reach first base » Manila Bulletin News



By Vanne Terrazola 

The ethics cases that former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon would file against Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV “might not reach first base,” said Senate President Aqulino Pimentel III.

Senate President Aquino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III (EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO)

Pimentel in a radio interview Saturday afternoon said he cannot assure that Faeldon’s oncoming ethics complaints against the two senators would prosper.

“Walang assurance na makakarating ito sa first base (There’s no assurance that this would reach first base),” he said.

The Senate chief said that while he respects Faeldon’s move, addressing the issues at the troubled Bureau of Customs (BOC) would be a better solution to clear his name from the allegations.

“Anybody can file an ethics complaint, this is a free country…Kung ganyan po ang style niya (If that’s his style [Faeldon] so be it, pero tingnan dapat ang nangyayari sa Customs na nagtawag ng pansin ng Senado (but look at what’s happening in Customs which called the attention of the Senate),” he said.

Pimentel maintained that the Senate blue ribbon committee has the authority to investigate the allegations of corruption and the accountability of the BOC officials, Faeldon included in the release of the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China.

Faeldon’s lawyer Jose Diño on Friday announced the former Customs chief’s plan to file on Monday an ethics complaint against Lacson who accused him of receiving a “welcome gift” of P100 million when he assumed office in the BOC last year.

Diño said they are also preparing another charge for Trillanes, who claimed he was “at the heart” of the shabu delivery.

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