07 Sep '17, 6am

Philippine president's son denies links to US$125-million drug shipment

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's son on Thursday told a Senate inquiry he had no links to a seized shipment of US$125 million (95.8 million pounds) worth of narcotics from China, dismissing as "baseless" the allegations of his involvement in the drugs trade. Opponents of the president, who has instigated a fierce crackdown on a trade he says is destroying the country, say they believe his son Paolo may have helped ease the entry of the drug shipment at the port in Manila, the capital. On Tuesday Duterte said he had told Paolo to attend the senate investigation if he had nothing to hide, besides advising him not to answer questions and invoke his right to keep silent. "I cannot answer allegations based on hearsay," Paolo Duterte, the vice mayor of the southern city of Davao, told the Senate. "My presence here is for the Filipino people and for my fellow Davaoe...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippin...

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