The son of Justice Secretary Boying Remulla was arrested by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in connection with a parcel allegedly containing P1.3 million worth of "kush" or high-grade marijuana.
According to JP Soriano's report on "24 Oras", Juanito Jose Remulla III was nabbed in connection with the shipment, intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
A report on the arrest and seizure showed that the authorities confiscated one parcel containing 937 grams of dried leaves of suspected kush "with a current street value of P1,311,800."
The operation, a controlled delivery, was conducted by the PDEA and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group at BF Resort Village in Talon Dos, Las Piñas on October 11 around 11:10 a.m.
The suspected kush was contained in two brown paper pouches with bubble wrap.
Remulla in a handwritten statement said that he would "not intervene in his son's predicament." Juanito is Remulla's eldest son.
“I am both a father and the secretary of Justice, roles that I take very seriously. We all know about unconditional love, but at 38 years old, he will have to face his predicament as a fully emancipated child,” Remulla said.
“I will not intervene in nor influence my son’s predicament, and I have not done so in any way… A person should always face the consequence of their actions and I will let justice take its own course,” he added.
Remulla is in Geneva, where he spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
He admitted that this was a “very difficult time” for him and his family and that he would “let justice take its course.”
Jonvic Remulla also said he will not support his nephew, adding that any family member who will influence the matter will be exposed immediately,
“I personally feel that while he deserves all of my empathy, there will be no support extended in terms of using my position in government. While he is family, my oath as Cavite Governor and as a Public Servant is paramount above any of his alleged transgressions,” he said.
Both extended their gratitude to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
“I thank the PDEA for doing their job without fear or favor. I have no conflict with them. This is a very difficult time for me and my family. But this is nothing compared to what so many Filipinos are going through,” Boying Remulla said.
“We would like to thank the PDEA for doing their job. We were never informed of their operation and they were correct in doing so. There should be no fear nor favor in the conduct of their duties,” Jonvic Remulla said.—Joahna Lei Casilao/NB, GMA News