Evidence-planting charges vs. Faeldon also eyed by House

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  • House dangerous drugs panel chair said ex-Customs chief may be liable for planting evidence
  • He said Faeldon failed to get PDEA chief’s approval for “controlled delivery” of drugs
  • He also said Faeldon could be liable for bungling up evidence

MANILA, Philippines  –  Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon may soon be facing a litany of cases after the chair of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs said they were eyeing the filing of evidence-planting charges against him.

According to Surigao Del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, Faeldon may be liable for planting evidence under the country’s Dangerous Drugs Act for moving 100 kilos of shabu from one warehouse to another without securing approval from the head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“We’re looking at this very critical issue. We’re looking, but we’re not sure yet, at possible planting of evidence against Commissioner Faeldon for ordering 100 kilos of shabu to be delivered to another warehouse kung saan nahuli ‘yung Fidel Anoche Dee, ‘yung caretaker [where the caretaker was caught],” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Barbers said while “controlled delivery” is a legitimate law enforcement technique to catch drug suppliers, he said a lack of approval essentially renders Faeldon’s act illegal.

“Ang sistema kasi sa nangyari, binuksan nila ‘yung warehouse, nakita nila ‘yung 600 kilos of shabu. Ngayon, dinecide nila to bring the 100 kilos, iiwan ‘yung 500 kilos sa isang warehouse, at ‘yung 100 kilos dalhin sa isang warehouse para mahuli ‘yung suspects sa kabilang warehouse. ‘Yun ganung method, ang tawag ay controlled delivery. It’s allowed, provided there is clearance from the director general of PDEA,” he said.

[The system with what happened is, they opened the warehouse, and saw the 600 kilos shabu. Now, they decided to leave the 500 kilos, and bring 100 kilos to another warehouse to catch the suspects there. That kind of method, that’s called controlled delivery. It’s allowed, provided there is clearance from the director general of PDEA.]

The lawmaker added that aside from evidence-planting, Faeldon could also be held liable for bungling of evidence after he had the shipment of shabu opened without the presence of PDEA officials.