- President again dared critics to show proof of son’s involvement in Customs smuggling
- He said he will step down if evidence shows Paolo really involved in corrupt activities
- He also admitted that son is involved in shipping with in-laws, stressed it’s legitimate
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte again reiterated his willingness to resign if enough evidence can be found against his son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte’s involvement in smuggling at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
“This is a nationwide broadcast. So I might as well tell you: I am not defending my son. Prove it is true, and I will resign,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
“Sabi ko nga, anyone involved in my family, nasa corruption, bababa ako pagka-Presidente. No excuses, no apologies. Pero ‘yung totoo lang. Now, all they have to do is to prove kasi ’yung dating ’yung–it’s a rehash actually of during the last elections,” he added.
[Like I always say, if anyone in my family is involved in corruption, I will step down from being President. No excuses, no apologies. But only if it’s true. Now, all they have to do is prove because what they’re saying—it’s a rehash actually of during the last elections.]
The younger Duterte had been floated around by private broker Mark Taguba as a member of the so-called Davao Group hustling goods through the Customs.
According to the president, however, his son really was involved in the business of shipping goods — just in a legitimate manner with his in-laws.
“Eh kung magtanong lang kayo nasa pantalan, palaging nasa pantalan ‘yan, tumutulong sa in-laws niya,” he said. “Eh walang hanapbuhay eh. And he has to earn his keep and he had to work for the family.”
[If you’re going to ask what he does in the docks, he’s always there helping his in-laws, having no livelihood. And he has to earn his keep and he had to work for his family,” Duterte said.
“Kung ’yung mga, ’yung mga jars, ukay- ukay, ‘yung pinapalusot ng in-laws niya, if that is smuggling, then give me an accounting and I will resign. Walang problema ’yan sa akin,” the president added.
[If those jars, clothing being shipped by his in-laws, if that is smuggling, then give me an accounting and I will resign. I have no problem with it.]