Jefry Tupas, the former information officer of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, wasn’t a “key personality” in the anti-illegal drug operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this clarification Thursday, Nov. 11 in a virtual press conference wherein he was asked to comment on the “preferential treatment” received by Tupas, who was allegedly left off the hook by authorities.
“Correction lang po ‘no. Nagkumpirma po ang PDEA na yung dating information officer ni Mayor Sara ay hindi po kasama doon sa search warrant or kaya doon sa arrest warrant na I inissue para po dito sa buy-bust operation na ito (Just a correction. The PDEA confirmed that the former information officer of Mayor Sara wasn’t included in the search warrant or arrest warrant that was issued for the buy bust operation),” Roque said.
“So hindi po talaga siya identified as a key personality dito sa ginawang raid (So she wasn’t really a key personality in this raid),” the Palace mouthpiece said.
Tupas, 43, prefers to be identified as a woman.
Some 17 people were arrested by anti-drug agents last Saturday during a party at a resort in Mabini town, Davao de Oro. They were reportedly “caught in the act having a drug session”.
Tupas admitted to attending the party, saying she had been invited to it like the other guests. But she said that she left with her companions right after having dinner.
Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Duterte, subsequently sacked Tupas, who also resigned following the raid.
President Duterte is known for his hardline stance against illegal drugs.