We have our “ironic story of the week” winner, folks. Rapper Zaito, an artist featured in a jingle supporting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, has been arrested for alleged drug possession.
The rapper was picked up on Tuesday when Cavite police thoroughly searched his home after receiving multiple complaints from neighbors.
During the search, three sachets of suspected shabu (meth) were found inside a box of milk.
Would you believe it’s the same police force he made his drug war jingle for in the first place?
In February, the Cavite Police Provincial Office released a song on Facebook that aimed to put the government’s Oplan Tokhang (knock and plead) strategy — which sees alleged drug dealers ostensibly given a chance to repent their ways — in a positive light.
In the song, Zaito rapped a verse that roughly translates to:
Don’t be afraid, don’t doubt
Here are your new friends
Towards a bright future
A peaceful and quiet life
Change your wrong beliefs
Extend a hand and trust
With the police, you should unite
When they say tokhang, remove your fear
Oplan Tokhang Featuring "Zaito"Performed by: Cavite PPO BandComposed by: PO1 Avic Dimapilis Pulis Indang SPO1 Brendo…
In an interview with ABS-CBN News yesterday, Zaito denied the allegations and said that the drugs were not his.
“It’s not mine, my friend just left it behind. I don’t know which friend is holding a grudge and would do that,” he said.
He has been charged with illegal possession of drugs.