Palace vows no whitewash in probe of Faeldon son

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2018 03:55 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Friday said there would be no whitewash in the investigation into the drug charges against the son of Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon.

Faeldon’s eldest son and namesake was invited for questioning by police during a drug raid in Naga City.

The younger Faeldon has denied using drugs, saying it was his girlfriend's father, Russel Lanuzo, who was the subject of the drug raid in Barangay Mabolo. He was set to undergo a drug test Friday, Dec. 14.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace has already received a police spot report on the raid and assured the public that “there will be no whitewash on the ongoing investigation in adherence with the administration's firm resolve to curb illegal drugs in the country.”

Faeldon, a former Customs chief who resigned after some P6.4 billion worth of shabu slipped past port inspections, said he would step down if proven that his son was taking drugs.

He, nonetheless, said his son, a working student in Ateneo de Naga, is "incapable of doing such." 

He said his son asked permission a few months ago to go back to Ateneo de Naga after neglecting his studies and choosing to work.

Faeldon said he would not interfere in the investigation. 

"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 (He has to fend for himself). And then I'm sure the truth will come out," he said. 

He added that it was the father of his son's girlfriend who was under suspicion of selling drugs. 

Panelo commended Faeldon for “taking a principled stand of distancing himself from the investigation, for letting police authorities do the job of probing said incident, and for offering to resign once the allegation is proven true.”