Juanito Jose Remulla III Case; Explained
The Las Piñas Regional Trial Court (RTC) has acquitted Juanito Jose Remulla III, the 38-year-old son of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Remulla, of drug charges for possession of high-grade marijuana worth around PHP1.3 million.
JUNKED. The marijuana bags seized during a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency anti-narcotics operation that resulted in Juanito Jose Remulla III's arrest in October 2022. The court noted that the prosecution failed to present evidence that the accused was aware the parcel he received contained marijuana and raised concerns about the package's chain of custody. (Courtesy of PDEA)
The prosecution failed to present evidence that the accused knew the parcel he received contained marijuana, and the court also raised concerns about the chain of custody of the package, which was held for days before being turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Oct. 10, 2022.
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The reaction of the younger Remulla; consistent with human experiences.
The court weighed the testimony of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents Eduardo Bongao Jr. and Clint Mek-eng, who both stated that when the marijuana-containing parcel was delivered to the younger Remulla, he stated that he did not expect any package to be delivered to his residence.
This Court held:
“His reactions were consistent with a person who was not expecting a parcel or a package from a certain Benjamin Huffman or from any other person for that matter. They are likewise consistent with a person who is oblivious to the parcel’s contents,”
Chain of custody "compromised."
According to the court, the prosecution failed to show that measures were taken to prevent the package and its contents from being taken into possession by someone outside the chain of custody before the parcel was given to the PDEA.
“These people cannot understand, they really do not know the law and the guidelines of the Supreme Court on continuous trial.”
- Defense team.
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