Faeldon's son tests negative for drug use

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) — The son of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon has tested negative for drug use after being arrested in a drug raid in Naga City.

The urine samples taken from 31-year-old Nicanor Faeldon Jr. were found negative for the presence of shabu and cannabis, according to documents from the Naga City Police obtained by CNN Philippines Saturday.

Meanwhile, all three of his companions when he was arrested in a house Friday morning tested positive for both drugs. They were identified as Russel Lanuzo, Allan Valdez and Manuel Nebres. On Friday, the police went inside the house to serve a search warrant for possession of illegal drugs on Lanuzo and found the younger Faeldon there. Seven plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were recovered.

Police said the younger Faeldon may still face a case for visiting the suspected drug den, which is a bailable case.

But his negative test results may now spare him from heavier punishment not just from the law, but from his father, who pledged to resign from his post to hunt down and kill his son if the drug charges are proven.

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Saturday, Faeldon said he knew his son did not use drugs, adding that he "would be very surprised" if the drug tests said otherwise.

He said he still won't help his son face any possible case and would leave it to the authorities.

"I have no intention of contacting him or neither providing him any assistance," Faeldon said. "If he's innocent, then soon he will be out."

He explained that Nicanor Faeldon Jr. was visiting Lanuzo's daughter, who is his son's girlfriend for the past four years.

Faeldon said he last talked to his son six months ago, when the latter asked for permission to study and live with his girlfriend in Naga City. Faeldon said he knew nothing about any involvement of the girlfriend's father in illegal drugs. He added that his son grew up with his mother.

Faeldon on Friday said, "If it turns out later on that he's involved, sabi ko 'wag na natin gastusan sa litigation. Magagastusan pa ang gobyerno. Papatayin ko na lang 'yung bata para wala nang mapinsala pa siya."

[Translation: If it turns out later on that he's involved, as I said, let us not spend money for litigation. That would cost the government. I will just kill my son so he does not do any harm."]

READ: Faeldon: I will kill my son if proven guilty of drug charges

Faeldon said this was how serious he was in eliminating drugs even if it involved his eldest child. Prior to his BuCor post, Faeldon stepped down as customs commissioner in August 2017 amid the controversy over the P6.4-billion drug haul from China that entered the country May of the same year. He was accused of accepting bribes to ease the release of shipments, a claim he has repeatedly denied.