FORMER Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon yesterday placed himself in the custody of the Senate.
Faeldon arrived at the Senate exactly 11:35 a.m. after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee started its hearing at exactly 9 a.m.
He is now indefinitely detained in the office of Sergeant-at-arms General Jose V. Balajadia.
Faeldon reportedly said that he is willing to be placed under the custody of the Senate but will never answer questions from any senator.
Gordon, who went to see Faeldon, described the ex-Customs commissioner as respectful and had shown cooperation during an earlier hearing except with Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes.
“Faeldon doesn’t want to testify in the Senate. He wants to testify in court. But he continues to respect the Senate. He made himself clear that he is submitting himself to the Senate, not for questioning but to be arrested.” Gordon said.
The Senate last week cited Faeldon in contempt for repeatedly snubbing summonses.
The former commissioner has said his absence is not to defy the Senate as an institution but rather his way of protesting.
Senator Lacson said Faeldon will have to face the consequence of his action if he will not speak in the hearing as he reportedly said.
Gordon said it is the decision of Faeldon and the Blue Ribbon panel will act based on his actuation.