Palace says Fael­don reap­point­ment to an­other post pos­si­ble

Sun Star Bacolod - - Nation -

MALACAÑANG on Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 9, said there was a pos­si­bil­ity that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte might reap­point fired Bureau of Cor­rec­tions (Bucor) direc­tor gen­eral Ni­canor Fael­don to an­other gov­ern­ment post.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ad­mires Fael­don's "hon­esty."

"Cer­tainly, if the Pres­i­dent reap­points him, we'll have to trust him on that," he told Palace re­porters.

"That's the call of the Pres­i­dent. He has the absolute dis­cre­tion to ap­point any­body whom he trusts, whom he feels com­pe­tent, and who he feels could do mir­a­cles on one par­tic­u­lar depart­ment or agency," he added.

But he clar­i­fied that this pos­si­bil­ity is "still in the realm of spec­u­la­tion."

"We're all spec­u­lat­ing that he will be reap­pointed to an­other po­si­tion. The Pres­i­dent has not done that so pre­ma­ture la­hat ng spec­u­la­tion natin (so our spec­u­la­tion is pre­ma­ture)," he said.

Panelo made the state­ment a cou­ple of days af­ter Duterte said he still be­lieves in Fael­don, whom he de­scribed as a de­cent man, de­spite hav­ing de­manded

for the lat­ter's im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion.

Duterte on Sep­tem­ber 4 sacked Fael­don amid the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the grant­ing of time al­lowances for good conduct which shorten a con­vict's prison term.

Fael­don is a for­mer mu­ti­neer who first served as Cus­toms chief un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion. He, how­ever, stepped down from of­fice in Au­gust 2017 af­ter multi­bil­lion-peso worth of shabu slipped past port in­spec­tions.

Fael­don was reap­pointed to the Of­fice of the Civil De­fense be­fore be­ing tasked to lead the Bucor in Novem­ber 2018.

Asked as to why the Pres­i­dent reap­pointed Fael­don to gov­ern­ment sev­eral times, Panelo said, "Eh bilib sa kanya. Hanga sa kanya. Kasi si Pres­i­dente, ta­la­gang ang gusto niya, 'yung very hon­est (The Pres­i­dent ad­mires him be­cause the Pres­i­dent wants a very hon­est man)."/suns­tar Philip­pines

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