Duterte pledged to leave presidency if children proven guilty for corruption

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed his will to step down from the presidency if any of his children is proven to be taking part on corrupt pursuits.

On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed his will to step down from the presidency if any of his children is proven to be taking part on corrupt pursuits as a respond to reports of his son’s (Davao Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte) involvement in the corruption issue of the BOC (Bureau of Customs.)

Paolo Duterte’s name was mentioned in a hearing of the House of Representatives in relation with the illegal shipment of drugs from China and passed through the ports of Manila. This matter triggered investigations at the House of the Senate.

“Corruption is really one I don’t like. Pati ‘yung mga anak ko sinasali na sa Customs. I told you before and I’m telling you again kung sino sa mga anak ko ang ma-involve sa corruption, I will immediately resign. You have my word” (Duterte said in a speech on Wednesday, during the Philippine Development Forum: Sulong Pilipinas 2017.

(Corruption is really one (thing) I do not like, now my son is being involved into this Customs’ controversy. I told you before and I’m telling you again, if any of my children is taking part on corruption acts, I will immediately resign. You have my word.)

On August 7, during the hearing on illegal drugs, Customs dealer Mark Taguba said that some of those he worked with in the bureau dropped Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte’s name.

Taguba also stated that he has never seen or spoken with the President’s son and he can’t also show any evidence of the suspected connection of Paolo to a definite ‘Davao Group’ said to be active in illegal activities.

“Taguba admitted that his testimony against me was based entirely in rumors. Why would we entertain or believe a hearsay. One does not dignify lies with a response,” Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said ina statement.

The President himself is known to have pushed a strong campaign against corruption and ha fired some of his appointees over such suspicions.

The President also told Filipino businessman to report against corruption activities inside the government and its officers.

“If there is corruption, even just a whiff of suggesting to you, sabihinkosainyo, murahinninyoyan. We in the Government do not have the right to ask money other than our salaries.” Duterte stressed out.

(If there is corruption, even just a whiff of suggesting {corruption} to you, I tell you, curse them. We in the government do not have the right to ask money other than our salaries.)

 

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