The President of the Philippines has threatened to have his own son killed if he is found guilty of drug trafficking allegations.
President Rodrigo Duterte ‚Äės son is accused of smuggling huge quantities of crystal methamphetamine from China.
42-year-old Paolo Duterte, denies links to the seized shipment of $125 million worth of narcotics.
72-year-old President Duterte, who has waged a ferocious war on drugs vowing to kill up to 100,000 traffickers, insisted none of his children were involved in drugs, but added that his son would face the harshest punishment if he is found guilty.
In a speech on Wednesday, Duterte said: ‚ÄúI said before my order was: ‚ÄėIf I have children who are into drugs, kill them so people will not have anything to say.
‚ÄúSo I told Pulong (Paolo‚Äôs nickname): ‚ÄėMy order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who kill you, if it is true.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Earlier this month, Paolo dismissed the allegations as ‚Äúbaseless‚ÄĚ the allegations of his involvement in the drugs trade.
Opponents of the president say they believe his son Paolo may have helped ease the entry of the drug shipment at the port in Manila, the capital.
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