“It will not happen.”
This was what Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Boying Remulla had to say on mounting calls for him to resign following the arrest and filing of drug charges against his son.
“I will not comment anymore on other issues there, but it will not happen,” he said last October 18 in his first press conference since his eldest son, Juanito Remulla III, was indicted for alleged possession of illegal drugs.
The younger Remulla was arrested last October 13 in Las Piñas City after receiving a parcel allegedly containing P1.3 million worth of “kush” or high-grade marijuana.
Photos courtesy of PDEA
The controversy has since prompted calls for Boying to quit his post, but the Justice chief said: “That is not my call. I am a very honorable person when it comes to this. It is the President’s call.”
“And if I feel later on that I’m not any more effective in this position then I will talk to the President about what has to be done in the future,” he added.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has earlier defended Boying, saying he sees “no basis” for the latter to step down.
The DOJ chief said he spoke with Marcos when he arrived from a working visit in Geneva, Switzerland.
“He commiserates with my plight as a parent, that’s all. He said just go back to work. We need you in the local scene to do what has to be done, to continue what we’ve been doing, what we started doing to reform the justice system,” he said.
Boying added he had not talked to Juanito but he had spoken with his lawyer-cousin who will be representing his son.
He also said he would not talk to Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento, who heads the National Prosecution Service, about his son’s case.
Addressing public concerns, Boying has repeatedly assured he “will not intervene in nor influence” the case against his son and will instead let the judicial process take its course.
“Sabi ko, if there is a resolution, don’t let it reach the DOJ. Let it be discussed in court, whatever the case may be,” he said.
“If it’s an adverse case against my son, it will not be appealed here. It will go straight to the courts for trial,” Boying added.
Thumbnail photo courtesy of Boying Remulla’s official Facebook page and PDEA