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

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) — Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon on Friday pledged to kill his son if proven guilty of drug charges.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines, Faeldon said his 31-year-old son and namesake had no vice as far as he knew.

"Hindi nga ho nagsisigarilyo yan (He doesn't even smoke) as far as I'm concerned," Faeldon said. "Baka lang behaved lang sa harap ko (but maybe he's only well-behaved in front of me)."

"But ang ina-assure ko sa lahat, 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," he added.

[Translation: "But what I assure you, 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."]

The BuCor chief also vowed to resign from his post to hunt down his son if the drug charges are proven.

"Ako nang ano, buburahin ko na 'yan sa lupa (I will do it. I will erase him from the land)," he pledged.

Faeldon said this was how serious he was in eliminating drugs even if it involved his eldest child.

"I will not send even one centavo for whatever he needs in his case. I will not send a lawyer. Bahala siya sa buhay niya kasi ang katwiran ko diyan kung wala siyang kasalanan, mare-release siya (he's on his own because if he is innocent, he would be released)," he stressed.

Nicanor Jr. and three others were arrested in a drug raid on a house in Naga City Friday morning. The police went inside the house where the younger Faeldon was staying to serve a search warrant for possession of illegal drugs on a certain Russel Lanuzo Bermudo. Seven plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were recovered.

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The BuCor chief explained that six months ago, his son asked for permission to study and live with his girlfriend in Naga City. Faeldo said he knew nothing about any involvement of the girlfriend's father in illegal drugs. Faeldon said Nicanor Jr. grew up with his mother.

Amid the controversy involving his son, Faeldon said he requested for a leave but Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who has supervision over the BuCor, said he should do his job.

"Of course he is my son but I don't think it can affect my job," Faeldon said.

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 also accused of accepting bribes, a claim he has repeatedly denied.

Faeldon on Friday said people should stop saying that the massive shabu shipment "slipped past" him.

"Hindi nakalusot, hinabol ko e. Dapat parangalan niyo ko kasi hinabol ko e. (It did not slip past, I went after it. You should commend me because I went after it)," he said. "I owned the responsibility as the [Customs] Commissioner."

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