President of Philippines threatens to kill own son over drugs

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September 21, 2017

PHILIPPINES – The President of Philippines is threatening to have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against him are true

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to kill his son, Paolo Duterte, if drug trafficking allegations against him are true. – Bullit Marquez/AP/New York Daily News

September 21, 2017

PHILIPPINES – The President of Philippines is threatening to have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against him are true

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to kill his son, Paolo Duterte, if drug trafficking allegations against him are true. – Bullit Marquez/AP/New York Daily News

President Rodrigo Duterte said that the police who kill Paolo Duterte, 42, will be immune from prosecution.

Duterte is accused of smuggling huge quantities of crystal methamphetamine from China through a Chinese triad, AFP reported.

President Duterte, who campaigned on a law and order platform, insisted that none of his children were involved in drugs, but that if they were, they would face the harshest punishment.

“I said before my order was: ‘If I have children who are into drugs, kill them so people will not have anything to say,” Duterte said in a Wednesday night speech.

“So I told Pulong (Paolo’s nickname): ‘My order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who kill you, if it is true’,” he said.

Duterte, 72, assumed office in the middle of last year, promising to eradicate illegal drugs by killing up to 100,000 traffickers, AFP reported.

Duterte’s aides have described his claims as “merely rhetoric” or “hyperbole.”

Some of Duterte’s opponents allege that he and his family have long been involved in corrupt activities.

Duterte denies all allegations of corruption.

The younger Duterte, who is vice mayor of Davao, has denied any criminal activity.


Courtesy/Source: New York Daily News