‘No appointment papers yet’
Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon yesterday refuted reports of his absence as the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), saying he has not been officially notified of his supposed appointment.
Faeldon’s spokesperson and legal counsel Jose Diño Jr. explained that Malacañang has not confirmed the information, which came from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, on Faeldon’s “appointment”to the BuCor.
“Captain Nicanor Faeldon bewails media reports supposedly quoting the Justice Secretary that he is a ‘no show’ to his new position as BuCor director general vice Ronald dela Rosa.
“To begin with, there was/is no appointment to speak of. In fact, the Justice Secretary himself was quite clear when he stated last October that there was only a proposed appointment and not an actual or official appointment,” Diño said in a statement.
Faeldon’s lawyer stressed that “by tradition and practice,” it is Malacañang and not a Cabinet secretary, that announces official appointments, adding that also by “tradition and practice,” the Palace does not announce a proposed appointment but releases copies of officially-signed documents.
“In Capt. Faeldon’s alleged proposed appointment, Malacañang has not confirmed the news or fake news being attributed to the Justice Secretary,” the statement said.
Diño added that Section 9 of Republic Act 10575 or the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013 provides that the BuCor director general shall be appointed by the President, adding this was the case with Dela Rosa.
“In all my public positions, I have no record at all of being a no show, much less a delinquent as I am now being unfairly labeled.
“In fact, one day after I was released by the Senate from the Pasay City Jail, I already assumed and began to discharge my duties as Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator and Assistant Secretary, since I was officially appointed to such position as early as December 2017.
“Wouldn’t I be the worst laughingstock public office-usurper if I assumed a position to which I was not appointed?” Faeldon said.