POLICE yesterday morning raided a suspected drug den in Naga City in Camarines Norte where they arrested four suspects including the son of former Bureau of Customs commissioner-turned Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor E. Faeldon, officials said.
Arrested during the raid on house no. Z-4 in San Miguel Street, Barangay Mabolo, Naga City were businessman Russel Bermudo alias ‘Bubbles,’ 47; Faeldon’s 32-year old son Nicanor Faeldon Jr., Allan Valdez, 44, a resident of Sampaloc, Manila; and Manuel Nebres, 39, also of Bgy. Mabolo.
A Police Regional Office 5 report said that the four were arrested by combined agents of the Naga City Drug Enforcement Unit, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Regional Police DEU, and the Army’s 9th Infantry Division who raided Bermudo’s house at 5 in the morning and confiscated seven pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.
The officers led by Superintendent Errol Garchitorena Jr., Chief Inspector Marlon Antang and Senior Police Officer 3 Regidor Hugo stormed the house on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued by Judge Timoteo Panga Jr. of the Iriga City Regional Trial Court Branch 60.
Faeldon’s lawyer Jose Diño Jr. in a statement said that the Bucor director general “was awakened this morning with news reports that his son and namesake, Nicanor Jr. was ‘involved’ in a Naga City drug raid, specifically, that Nicanor Jr. was present in a house where a search warrant for illegal drugs was being served.”
“I am totally clueless on that incident, as neither my son nor the police authorities have contacted me,” he quoted the elder Faeldon as saying.
“I commend the Naga City police authorities on their efforts to curb if not totally eliminate illegal drugs. I will not lift a finger to influence their on-going investigation and arrest SOP. Let the axe fall where it may. Nicanor Jr. is already 31 years old, and has been on his own as an adult for years,” the official added.
“I strongly urge the Naga City police authorities to immediately report to their higher-ups and to media, if there is any attempt whether directly or indirectly, from me to influence them in anyway. In any event, if the police investigation will show that my son, Nicanor Jr. is indeed, a drug-pusher and therefore a menace to society, then there will be no need to prosecute or to jail him. I will personally obliterate him from the face of the earth,” an angry Faeldon said.
Diño in separate media interviews defended his client whom he said is a solid supporter of the Duterte government’s war on drugs and criminality.
He said that he was told by the Bucor chief that that the last time he talked with his son was a month ago. The lawyer revealed that the young Faeldon grew up under the care of his mother and the father and son rarely see each other.
The lawyer said that his client was also told by his son that at the age of 31, he planned to continue his studies at Ateneo de Naga. Faeldon, according to Diño, had also bared to him that his son has no vices and does not even smoke.
“Kaya daw po taking-taka siya kung bakit raw masasangkot sa ganyang kaso. Ni paninigarilyo di naninigarilyo tsaka nakita niyo po yung early photos na lumabas, kami po nakikita lang po namin through Twitter, FB, at wire reports. Nakita niyo yung itsura, malinis yung itsura ng bata, maganda ang pangangatawan. In short, di siya portrait ng user much more na pusher eh in any event, kung ano po ang imbestigayon ng pulis, gagalangin po namin, rerespestuhin namin,” he added.