MANILA: A nephew of one of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte’s inner circle was caught selling drugs in a sting operation in the president’s home city, the anti-narcotics agency have announced.
John Paul Dureza, the nephew of Duterte’s political adviser and peace negotiator Jesus Dureza, was caught selling 15 grams of “shabu” methamphetamine to an undercover Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent in Davao City.
Jesus Dureza, a childhood friend of Duterte who leads a troubled peace process with communist rebels, said yesterday he was embarrassed by his nephew and praised the PDEA for showing no favours to those with connections.
“That’s the way this no-nonsense drive of President Duterte should proceed,” he said.
Dureza’s nephew would be charged with possession of drugs and firearms and had long been on the PDEA’s radar, its regional chief, Adzar Albani, said.
The arrest comes weeks after a scandal came to light that led to Duterte suspending all police anti-drugs operations. — Reuters