MANILA - Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon confirmed Friday that his eldest son, Nicanor Jr, was invited for questioning by police during a drug raid in Naga City, adding that he will resign from office if proven that his son is taking 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, a former Customs chief who resigned after some P6.4 billion worth of shabu slipped past port inspections, said his son is staying with his mother.
"For the record, since birth, di naman kami nagkasamang namuhay. He never stayed in the house kasi sa mother's side. Anak ko siya noong binata pa. Hindi naman siya tumira sa bahay since birth. But he is my son," he said.
He also said Nicanor Jr. is a working student in Ateneo de Naga and is "incapable of doing such."
A few months ago, his son asked permission to go back to Ateneo de Naga after neglecting his studies and choosing to work.
"Sabi niya, 'Daddy balik eskwelahan na ako.' Kasi matagal nang tumigil sa pag-aaral, nagtrabaho sila. Ay sabi ko sige. Akala ko dito sa Manila lang. Sabi niya, 'di uwi kami sa Bicol ni Sandra', ang kanyang girlfriend na matagal na rin eh," he noted.
"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.
He added that it was the father of his son's girlfriend who is under suspicion of selling drugs.
"Lalabas din ang katotohanan kung ano ang totoong nangyari. Let the investigation go uninterrupted. Ayokong pakialaman 'yan. In fact sabi ko, kung involved siya, I will resign immediately," he said.
The younger Faeldon has denied using drugs, saying that it was his girlfriend's father, Russel Lanuzo, who was the subject of the drug raid in Barangay Mabolo. He is set to undergo a drug test today.
"Gusto ko lang sabihin na inosente ako sa pangyayari. It so happened lang na 'yung tinitirahan ko subject pala nu'ng raid so napasama ako,” he said.
Senior Superintendent Felix Servita, chief of the Naga City Police Office, said the target of the raid is a known drug den.
"Sa mga reports namin ay drug den 'yun. 'Yun ang pinagaaralan namin na kasuhan siya ng visiting drug den," he said.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, head of the agency the Bureau of Corrections is attached to, confirmed that Faeldon offered to resign.
"I told him that until and unless a reasonable ground to believe that his son is involved in drug use has been shown, I see no reason why Chief Faeldon should go on leave," Guevarra told reporters.