According to Malacañang, the spread of photos showing Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte with Kenneth Dong, a Cebu businessman who was linked to the P6.4 billion shabu shipment at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is just a mere propaganda.
“That’s what’s important, documentary evidence, not hearsay. Otherwise all of these things are just speculation, propaganda that can be used and misused,” said Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella on Monday, August 14.
Netizens were recently abuzz over online photos of the presidential son with Cebu businessman Kenneth Dong.
Dong was accused by Customs broker Mark Taguba as the alleged “middle man” of Chinese businessman Richard Tan, owner of Hongfei Logistics, the firm that transported over 600 kilos of shabu in a warehouse in Valenzuela City.
Paolo Duterte immediately denied the accusations. He even dared Taguba to show proof because all the statements being issued were just based on rumors.
On the other hand, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that he would resign if his son was proven to be engaging in corruption activities.
Duterte challenged his son’s accusers to show concrete evidence that would prove his son’s guilt.
“If my son was really into it or is in there, all you have to do is to produce the paper because there are two ways of evidence – oral or documentary,” Duterte said.
“Just give me an affidavit and I will step down as President of this Republic. And that is my commitment to you now. That is my word,” he added.