Reactions to Pres. Bongbong Marcos’s refusal to fire Justice Sec. Jesus Crispin Remulla due to son’s drug case - TrueID

Reactions to Pres. Bongbong Marcos’s refusal to fire Justice Sec. Jesus Crispin Remulla due to son’s drug case

DailypediaOctober 19, 2022

On October 14, President Marcos Jr. disagreed with the calls for the resignation of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla after the latter’s eldest son got arrested for possession of illegal substances.

Marcos said such a call “has no basis,” adding that an official should only resign if “he’s not doing his job or that they have misbehaved in that job. [Remulla] has not done [anything wrong].”

“I think that being the Secretary of the Department of Justice, he’s very aware that he must allow the processes of the judiciary to work properly and that no one in the executive should interfere,” the President said.

Juanito Jose Diaz Remulla III was arrested on Tuesday, October 11, by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Las Piñas City.

The package got shipped by a certain Benjamin Huffman from the United States and signed by Juanito.

Marcos’ decision not to fire Remulla didn’t sit well with the netizens.

PDEA said Juanito was charged with illegally importing dangerous drugs before the Las Piñas Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, October 13.

In a written statement, Justice Remulla promised not to “interfere in nor influence” his son’s predicament.

“I am both a father and the Secretary of Justice, roles that I take very seriously. We all know about unconditional love, but at 38 years old, he will have to face his predicament as a fully emancipated child,” Remulla said. “I have to abide by the Oath of Office I took when I assumed this position,” he wrote.

He also thanked the agency “for doing their job without fear or favor.”

Juanito was arrested at 11:10 a.m. on October 11 on Primrose St., Ponte Verde BF Resort Village, Talon Dos, Las Piñas. He was quickly taken to the PDEA jail in Quezon City. PDEA said Juantio did not resist or bring up the fact that he is the son of Remulla.

Importation of illegal drugs is punishable by life imprisonment and penalties ranging from P500,000 to P10 million.

PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon said the package was discovered on September 27 by X-ray which showed an organic substance in the parcel.

The National Unity Party (NUP) on Friday, October 14, expressed support for Secretary Remulla, who is the party’s vice chairman.

“We have known Secretary Remulla for years. His professionalism and love for the country is unparalleled,” the NUP said in a statement signed by its chairman Ronaldo Puno, and president Camarines Sur Second District Rep. Luis Raymund “Lray” Villafuerte.

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