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DOJ Secretary Boying Remulla’s son charged for alleged possession of drugs

Jairo Bolledo
DOJ Secretary Boying Remulla’s son charged for alleged possession of drugs

ARRESTED. A photo of Juanito Jose Remulla III, Justice Secretary Boying's son, after his arrest in Las Piñas on October 11.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

The prosecutors do not also recommend bail for Juanito Jose Remulla III due to the amount of suspected drugs recovered from him

MANILA, Philippines – The Las Piñas City prosecutors’ office on Friday, October 14, filed a case against Juanito Jose Remulla III, the son of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, for alleged possession of dangerous drugs.

The case was filed before the Las Piñas City Regional Trial Court on Friday at around 2:40 pm, according to Las Piñas prosecution attorney Jennah Marie dela Cruz. The prosecutors pushed to charge Remulla for violation of section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Under the law, Remulla could face the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10 million.

“As of 2:40 something today, nag-file na kami ng case sa RTC ng Las Piñas today. We filed for violation of Section 11 of RA 9165 that is possession of illegal drugs kasi ‘yon ‘yong, based on the evidence na in-evaluate, yoon ‘yong pinaka-appropriate na case na puwedeng i-file,” Dela Cruz told reporters.

(As of 2:40 today, we filed a case before the Las Piñas RTC. We filed for violation of Section 11 of RA 9165 that is possession of illegal drugs because that’s what’s based on the evidence we evaluated. That’s the most appropriate case we can file.)

The prosecutors did not also recommend bail for the DOJ secretary’s son due to the amount of suspected drugs recovered from him, according to the prosecutor.

Originally, Remulla underwent inquest proceedings for importation of dangerous drugs and violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. However, according to Dela Cruz, the complaints will undergo preliminary investigation and have been referred to Pasay City prosecutors, since they have jurisdiction over the place where the incident happened.

“Tapos the initial charges for importation of drugs, we will be referring that to Pasay City kasi halos lahat ng elements ng offense, took place in Pasay so they have jurisdiction over that matter (Then the initial charges for importation of drugs, we will be referring that to Pasay City since most of the offense’s elements took place in Pasay so they have jurisdiction over that matter),” the prosecutor added.

On October 11, Juanito Jose, the justice secretary’s eldest son, was nabbed by authorities for alleged possession of suspected marijuana. However, it was only on October 13 when Remulla issued a statement and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) released further details about the incident.

As justice secretary, Remulla heads all the prosecutors in the country – some of whom decided on the case of his son. In his statement, Remulla said he would not intervene in any way in his son’s case.

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The Las Piñas prosecutor claimed they independently resolved Juanito’s case.

I can assure you, wala pong kahit anong participation or intervention ‘yong any department, especially the secretary of justice kasi rin kahapon, we are blocking people to come inside our office. So ‘yan pong resolution ng opisina namin ay joint effort po talaga ng aming chief ng aking reviewing officer, and myself as being prosecutor.”

(I can assure you, there has been no form of participation or intervention from any department, especially the secretary of justice, because yesterday, we were blocking people from entering our office. That resolution of our office was a joint effort of our chief as my reviewing officer, and myself as the prosecutor.)

Juanito will remain under the PDEA’s custody, while waiting for further orders from the court. – Rappler.com

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.