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Senate panel junks Faeldon ethics raps vs Lacson, Trillanes

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
  • Published in Nation
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THE Senate ethics committee yesterday unanimously junked the complaint filed by former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon against two senators.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon moved to dismiss the ethics cases filed against Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with corruption allegations at the BoC allegedly involving Faeldon.

Drilon’s motion was immediately seconded by other committee members present during the hearing.

The committee is headed by Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III while Lacson, a member of the ethics committee, was also present in the hearing but had inhibited from participating in the proceeding on the ethics complaint lodged against him.

Faeldon filed the complaint against the two senators last September urging the committee to penalize Lacson for dragging his name into the corruption mess hounding the BoC.
    
He also filed a complaint against Trillanes for accusing him of involvement in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment controversy.
    
Faeldon was ordered detained at the Senate for keeping mum during hearings on the shabu shipment controversy. He was transferred to the Pasay City Jail in January after a heated exchange with Senator Richard Gordon during a Blue Ribbon hearing.
    
Meanwhile, the ethics committee has rejected the case filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima by leaders of the House of Representatives for telling her former aide and partner to snub a legislative investigation.
    
The committee unanimously approved the motion of Drilon to dismiss the case without prejudice to refiling the same in the future.
    
Drilon’s motion was seconded by Lacson, saying de Lima did not violate any Senate rule or was not performing her duty as a senator when she advised Ronnie Dayan to snub an investigation of the House.
    
Senator Gringo Honasan also backed the dismissal “in the spirit of humanity.”