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Trillanes doubts Customs chief sick

  • Written by Camille P. Balagtas
  • Published in Nation
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EXPRESSING doubt on the true state of health of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon after he skipped the continuation of the Senate inquiry into the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China last Wednesday, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV insisted that the Senate doctors examine the BoC chief personally and report to the Senate his true health condition.

Trillanes said the Senate had done this in the past and he sees nothing wrong in applying the same rule to the BoC chief.

Trillanes said the Senate doctors can do the proper checking and the Senate blue ribbon committee can make a decision based on the recommendation of the Senate doctors.

In a letter to the Blue Ribbon Committee,  Commissioner Faeldon said he was diagnosed with “non-ST elevation myocardial infarction coronary syndrome” and “hypertensive urgency stage 2” and has been confined at the Manila East Medical Center in Taytay, Rizal and was reportedly in the intensive care unit.

Trillanes expressed the belief that Faeldon is just feigning illness to evade further questioning by members of the Senate.

And considering that the next hearing will be this coming August 15, Trillanes asked that the Senate doctors be sent to check him insisting that Faeldon should face the hearing set by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
    
Trillanes maintained that Faeldon should be held answerable and expressed hope that he can shed light on the issue surrounding the missing shabu shipment from China.
    
A fellow Magdalo soldier who staged the Oakwood mutiny during the time of former President Arroyo, Trillanes said he cannot speak anymore for the integrity of Faeldon.
    
Trillanes said it is very disappointing to note that the position and power of some people can change them, “and will set aside their dignity and idealism.”
    
But Trillanes maintained that other fellow Magdalos (also in the BoC) like Capt. Gerardo Gambala and Milo Maestrecampo cannot be questioned for their integrity and dedication to serve this country.
    
Faeldon has come under fire for a large amount of shabu that entered the country. He also failed to show up at the Lower House last Monday for the same health reason he gave the Senate.