Fael­don deemed re­signed from de­fense post

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By JAIME LAUDE

How do you solve a prob­lem like Ni­canor Fael­don? “No. Not us. He’s no longer with us,” said an in­sider at the De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense (DND) when asked about Fael­don’s gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ment sta­tus.

Fael­don, a for­mer Ma­rine cap­tain, has yet to re­port to his new as­sign­ment as di­rec­tor of the Bu­reau of Cor­rec­tions (BuCor) vice for­mer Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice chief Ron­ald dela Rosa, who re­signed to run for sen­a­tor in next year’s elec­tions.

The De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) has been ask­ing for Fael­don’s where­abouts af­ter Pres­i­dent Duterte trans­ferred him from the Of­fice of Civil De­fense (OCD), where he was deputy ad­min­is­tra­tor for op­er­a­tions.

“As far as we are con­cerned, he is no longer con­nected with us at the de­fense de­part­ment. He even bade farewell to De­fense Sec­re­tary (Delfin) Loren­zana af­ter the Pres­i­dent picked him to be the next BuCor di­rec­tor,” one de­fense in­sider said.

DOJ Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Guev­erra on Fri­day com­plained that Fael­don has not re­ported to his new post. He added that he will be dis­cussing this mat­ter with the Pres­i­dent.

Talks at Camp Aguinaldo have it that Fael­don, for still un­known rea­sons, went on va­ca­tion af­ter his trans­fer to the BuCor from the OCD last month.

“Mati­gas talaga ulo nyan. Mahi­hi­ra­pan si Sec­re­tary Gue­varra dyan (He’s re­ally stub­born. Sec. Gue­varra will re­ally have a dif­fi­cult time),” said one mil­i­tary in­sider, re­fer­ring to Fael­don.

There were also claims that Fael­don dis­likes Gue­varra.

Camp Aguinaldo in­sid­ers like­wise de­scribed Fael­don not only as hard­headed but a hard­core ex-Ma­rine of­fi­cer.

Fael­don re­port­edly main­tains close re­la­tions with the Pres­i­dent as well as the en­tire pres­i­den­tial fam­ily.

He re­signed as Cus­toms com­mis­sioner when the smug­gling of shabu worth P6.4 bil­lion hap­pened un­der his watch. For his ac­tu­a­tions dur­ing the Se­nate in­quiry into the is­sue, he was or­dered de­tained in the Se­nate.

For his con­tin­ued mis­be­hav­ior dur­ing the in­quiry, Fael­don was or­dered trans­ferred to the Pasay City po­lice de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity but he was sub­se­quently re­leased.

Fol­low­ing his re­lease from pol­icy cus­tody, Duterte gave Fael­don a new job as OCD deputy ad­min­is­tra­tor for op­er­a­tions, an agency un­der the DND.

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