And in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, Paolo, told Senate investigators Thursday he played no part in a scheme to ship more than $125 million in illegal drugs from China.
Paolo Duterte: “My presence here is for the Filipino people and to my fellow Davaoeños, to whom I serve. I am very sorry, ug pasayloa ko ninyo [and forgive me], but I cannot answer allegations based on hearsay.”
Paolo Duterte and President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio face allegations they helped arrange for the shipments of crystal methamphetamine last May. Since President Duterte launched a so-called war on drugs in the Philippines last year, security forces and vigilantes have killed more than 7,000 suspected drug users and dealers.