MANILA, Philippines— To prove that he does not exhibit special treatment towards alliances or even family, President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte stated on Wednesday that he authorized law enforcers to kill his own son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte if he was proven to be involved in any illegal drug trade.
During an interview after the awarding ceremony of outstanding government officials and groups held in Malacañang, Duterte implied that no one will be spared from the administration’s fervent war against illegal drugs–not even his own son. The ruthless president stated during his interview:
“Ang order ko nga noon kung may anak ako nasa droga, patayin ninyo, para walang masabi ang tao. Kaya sabi ko diyan kay Pulong, ‘My orders [are] to kill you if you are caught and I will protect the police who will kill you kung totoo iyan’.”
In the past few weeks, Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte’s name has been dragged in the controversial P6.4 billion shipment of illegal drugs from China. In a statement which was later retracted, a witness claimed Paolo had a hand in the drugs shipment. During the Blue Ribbon Committee sessions, Senator Antonio Trillanes has heavily criticized the presidential son for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.
However, as of writing, no concrete evidence has been provided to directly link Paolo with the issue.
On the other hand, this is not the first instance that Duterte has warned to kill his own children if they are involved in illegal drugs. In a report published by Rappler way back March, the iron-fisted president also threatened to render resignation if any of his children are proven to be involved in illegal drugs in which he is so ruthlessly against.
“‘Pag ang anak ko, anyone of them, ma-involve sa corruption, pera ng gobyerno, I will resign. Wala kayong problema sa akin. Delicadeza.”
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SOURCE: GMA News | Rappler | ABS-CBN News