Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte
Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Sept 20, said he had ordered the police to kill his son, Davao City Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte, if they should catch him being involved in the illegal drug trade.
"My order was: If there's any of my children into drugs, kill them, so the people can't say anything against me," Mr Duterte said during a speech to government workers and groups in Malacañang.
According to a Straits Times report, the president said he had told his son about his orders to the police: "My orders (are) to kill you if you are caught and I will protect the police who kill you."
“If my son is into illegal drug trade, kill him so no one can say anything against me,” he was quoted to have said, adding that his son should not be spared if he is found to have been involved in drug trade.
Mr Duterte's order to the police came following allegations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that his oldest son was a member of the Chinese drug triad.
"The better. So that I can say to people: There, you keep talking. There's my son's corpse," said Mr Duterte.
Vice-Mayor Duterte was also earlier linked to a certain Davao Group, which had allegedly been facilitating drug smuggling at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The President has repeatedly said he would resign if any of his children would turn out to be involved in corruption or other illegal activities.