Updated 14:16 PM PHT Fri, February 10, 2017
Davao City (CNN Philippines) — A nephew of Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza was arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officers in a drug raid in Davao City on Thursday.
15 grams of shabu — estimated by authorities to be worth P225,000 — and a rifle with ammo were recovered from the secretary's nephew, John Paul Dureza.
Sec. Dureza expressed his disappointment upon knowing of his nephew's involvement in illegal drugs.
"I slept early last night (still on sick leave but feeling okay) only to wake up early to be informed that one of my nephews was arrested by PDEA for drugs. I am of course embarrassed as he is a close relative," he said in a Facebook post on Friday.
Still, Dureza lauded authorities for enforcing the law "without fear or favor."
"That's the way this no-nonsense drive of President Duterte should proceed," he added.
Another suspect, identified as Jose Anthony Huilar, was also arrested during the raid.
PDEA 11 Director Adzhar Albani said the young Dureza has long been included in their watch list.
"Kasama siya sa validated watch list namin, then tina-trabahao namin nang matagal. Other cohorts niya nahuli na, so mga prominent family ang binibigyan niya ng droga," Albani said.
[Translation: He is included in our validated watch list. We have worked on it for a long time. His other cohorts have already been arrested, so he supplies drugs to prominent families.]