The son of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon was arrested in a drug raid in Naga City on Friday.
Nicanor Jr. and four others were arrested for possession of illegal drugs during the anti-drugs operations around 2 a.m. The police recovered seven pieces of sachets containing suspected shabu or crystal meth.
Supt. Errol Garchitorena Jr., chief of Naga City Police intelligence unit, confirmed that operatives did not find illegal drugs from Faeldon's son.
The police conducted the search with a warrant against a certain Russel Lanuzo Bermudo, father of Faeldon Jr.'s girlfriend.
Faeldon's son denied using drugs, saying that Russel Lanuzo was the subject of the drug raid in Brgy Mabolo.
"Gusto ko lang sabihin na inosente ako sa pangyayari. It so happened lang na 'yung tinitirahan ko subject pala nung raid so napasama ako," Nicanor Jr. said.
The BuCor Chief said that he will resign from office if his son is proven to be involved in drugs.
"What I can assure everybody is if my son is involved in any way, kahit user lang, I will resign immediately and hunt him down. Ako na ang paparusa dyan. I would kill that idiot kung involved siya," he said in an interview on ANC.
Faeldon also said that his son has been living with his mother since birth and that as a working student, studying in Ateneo de Naga, his son is "incapable of doing such."
"I don't think he uses it, but that's not for me to say. Let the investigation go. I will not interfere. In fact, he has not called me. I will not help him. Bahala siya sa buhay niya. And then I'm sure the truth will come out," Faeldon added.
Faeldon stepped down as the Bureau of Customs chief in 2017 after P6.4 billion worth of shabu managed to slip past port inspections.
Philippine National Police Spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said Nicanor Faeldon Jr. will be charged for visiting a drug den.
Photo by Mark Balmores/Manila Bulletin