Duterte says son won't be spared if alleged illegal drug links are true

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(File photo) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will have his son killed if his alleged links to illegal drug trade are true. He also announced a bigger bounty for so-called "ninja cops."

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — President Rodrigo Duterte would often say that if any member of his family were to be proven corrupt, he would resign from his post.

On Wednesday, he said something else he will do if this happens - specifically in the case of his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who has been linked to alleged drug smuggling in the Bureau of Customs.

Apparently, Vice Mayor Paolo already knows what this is.

Duterte said, "Ang order ko nga noon, if may mga anak ako na nasa droga, patayin ninyo. Para walang masabi ang tao. Kaya sabi ko diyan kay Pulong, my order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who will kill you kung totoo yan. The better so that may masabi ako sa tao, daldal kayo ng daldal, ayan na patay na katawan ng anak ko."

[Translation: My order before was if any of my children were involved in drugs, kill them. So that people would not say anything. So I told Polong, my order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who will kill you if that's true. The better so that I can tell people, all you do is talk, there is the dead body of my son.]

The President vowed to have his son killed if allegations linking him to the ₱6.4-billion peso illegal drug shipment from China are found to be true.

READ: President's son and son-in-law face Senate probe of BOC

Vice Mayor Paolo has denied any involvement in the so-called Davao Group operating in Customs.

He wasn't asked to re-appear at the Senate's investigation because of lack of evidence to link him to the shipment.

The President spoke before members of the police and government employees who were recognized for their work.

He stressed how he will not tolerate corruption among them-whether they be in the executive offices, the military, the police, and local government units.

In early August, the President announced a ₱2-million reward for information that will lead to the arrest of abusive and corrupt policemen, sometimes called "ninja cops."

READ: Duterte to give ₱2M reward for head of 'ninja' cops

That's ₱2 million each for each policeman involved in crimes like kidnapping, murder for hire, and drug dealing.

But apparently, no one has come forward to tell on anyone.

The President is not denying there are still scalawags in the police force and to help find these people and hold them accountable, he is offering a higher bounty.

He said, "I'm raising the ante. I'm offering ₱3 million per head. Tingnan ko, tataas ng taas yan [I think it will keep going up]. So that we will get rid of you."

Though he's been criticized for it, the President continues to threaten to kill people who destroy the country with illegal drugs.

He says he doesn't care if he even gets prosecuted because of it in the International Criminal Court.