Duterte to immediately resign if children proven corrupt

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Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (L), President Rodrigo Duterte

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte is waging a war against corruption, and on Wednesday he said no one will be spared, not even his own children.

President Duterte said he will resign if any of his children will be proven to be corrupt, responding to reports his son Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is allegedly involved in corruption in the Bureau of Customs.

"Corruption is really one I do not like, pati anak ko ngayon sinasali dyan sa Customs. I told you before and I'm telling you again kung sino sa anak ko ang ma-involve sa corruption, I will immediately resign. You have my word," he said during the event, Philippine Development Forum: Sulong Pilipinas 2017 in Mandaluyong City.

[Translation: Corruption is really one I do not like, now my son is being dragged into Customs mess. I told you before and I'm telling you again, if my children are involved in corruption, I will immediately resign. You have my word.]

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Customs broker Mark Taguba, during the August 7 hearing on illegal drugs, said some of those he worked within the bureau name-dropped the vice mayor.

Taguba added he has never seen or spoken with the presidential son. He has also no evidence about the alleged connection of Paolo to a certain "Davao Group," allegedly engaged in illegal activities.

"Taguba admitted that his testimony against me was based entirely on rumors. Why would we entertain or believe a hearsay. One does not dignify lies with a response," Vice Mayor Duterte said in a statement on August 8.

The customs bureau has been in hot water for the P6.4 billion shipment of drugs from China, which exposed alleged corrupt activities within the agency.

During his speech, President Duterte also told Filipino businessmen to report corruption activities of government officers. 

"If there is corruption, even just a whiff of suggesting to you, sabihin ko sa inyo, murahin na ninyo 'yan [curse them] . We in government do not have that right to ask money other than our salaries," the President added.

Early this year, Duterte fired Interior Secretary Mike Sueno due to alleged corruption, while National Irrigation Administration chief Peter Laviña resigned to spare the President of corruption allegations.

CNN Philippines' Triciah Terada contributed to this report.