Faeldon camp denies 'wild' corruption allegations from 'grudge-bearers'
Nicanor Faeldon engages Sen. Richard Gordon in a heated argument during the January 29, 2017 hearing on the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling.
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Faeldon camp denies 'wild' corruption allegations from 'grudge-bearers'
Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) - September 2, 2019 - 10:01am

MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Corrections Director General Nicanor Faeldon is at the center of alleged irregularities linked to the reported possible release of convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez, but his spokesperson said that the criticisms came from those who bear grudges against the controversial appointee.

In a series of tweets on Sunday night, lawyer Jose Diño took a swipe at unnamed persons who allegedly bear a grudge against Faeldon.

“In the interests of Truth, Transparency and Full Disclosure... Exactly the same grudge-bearers have [come out] against DG Faeldon with wild insinuations of bribery and corruption,” Diño said.

Diño told reporters that he is the personal spokesperson of Faeldon and that he handles the Twitter account of TeamFaeldon.

The lawyer said that these are the same people who threw accusations at Faeldon when he was heading the Bureau of Customs early in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"One is a protector of his smuggler-son, and who invented accusations of tara but who miserably failed to present even a single witness or document during the 13 hearings of the blue ribbon committee," he said.

"Another is an influence peddler who failed in his insistence for then BOC Commissioner Faeldon to promote his bata, a corrupt customs officer. The other is a yellow remnant who tried but failed to arm-twist then BOC Commissioner Faeldon to sign a [Memorandum of Agreement] which was disadvantageous to BOC,” he added.

Diño did not name names but Faeldon clashed with Sens. Gordon and Lacson during previous Senate hearings into corruption at the Bureau of Customs, which Faeldon used to head.

The BuCor chief post is Faeldon’s third position in the Duterte government. He quit as Customs chief in August 2017 in the wake of the P6.4-billion shabu shipment case.

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Duterte appointed Faeldon to the Office of the Civil Defense under the Department of National Defense four months later.

Political news website Politiko reported in August 2018 that Faeldon was on a family weekend trip to Oriental Mindoro amid flooding in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon due to heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon, or habagat.

OCD is the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

‘Faeldon stopped Sanchez’s release’

Diño also said that Faeldon did not sign the release order for Sanchez, refuting an exclusive GMA News report on a release document dated August 20, 2019 and allegedly signed by Faeldon.

“Did DG Faeldon issue a release order as regards PDL Mayor Sanchez? No, he did not. The Prisons Superintendent is the one who issues a release order,” Diño said.

He claimed that Faeldon “immediately aborted” Sanchez’s release by ordering a thorough review of the former Laguna mayor’s GCTA.

Faeldon’s spokesperson also denied that the BuCor chief received bribes for the release of heinous crimes convicts.

He challenged the accusers to bring their evidence to the Office of the Ombudsman for investigation.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee holding a legislative inquiry on the GCTA Monday morning.

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