PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon as the new director general of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said yesterday.
Faeldon, currently the deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, was chosen to replace Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who is running for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
“The DoJ has interposed no objections to the proposed appointment of Mr. Faeldon, and is now seeking the favorable endorsement of the Civil Service Commission as part of the requirements under the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013,” Guevarra said in his message.
A former military officer, Faeldon resigned from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) late last year following the controversy over the smuggling of billions of pesos worth of shabu from China.
Duterte, who once described Faeldon as an “honest man,” said the latter had offered to resign from the BoC three times. The president then hinted that another government post awaited the embattled ex-Customs chief.
Months later, Faeldon was appointed to the Office of Civil Defense, replacing Rodolfo Santillan.
Faeldon was detained at the Senate for refusing to testify in a Blue Ribbon Committee probe into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment last year.
In November, the Department of Justice cleared him of drug smuggling charges but indicted several others.
The illegal drug importation case against Customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba II, shipment consignee Eirene Mae Tatad and their co-accused, who include some Chinese and Taiwanese nationals, is with the Manila Regional Trial Court.
More recently, Faeldon said he would be willing to return to jail amid issues about the amnesty granted in 2010 to former mutineers, after Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the rebel soldiers, saw his amnesty coverage “revoked” by Duterte.
“Sa akin, I’m willing to go back to jail. Let’s just follow the process if the process we have gone through is not in accordance with the Constitution,” Faeldon said last month.
“Let’s all go back to jail and restart the process,” he said, pointing out that he had been jailed six times.
With Hector Lawas