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No Duterte kin authorized by President to transact with gov’t – Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte has not authorized any of his relatives to conduct government-related transactions, Malacañang yesterday reminded Cabinet officials.

“The President would like to reiterate his prior instruction to the Cabinet to ignore any pleas to be made by any of his relatives in connection with any government transaction,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque told a press briefing.
He stressed the directive applies to all the Chief Executive’s “children, his siblings, his cousins, his uncles and aunts.”
“The President is renewing his call that any and all of his relatives are not authorized, okay, to approach anyone in government in connection with any government-related transaction. Full Stop,” the Palace official said.

Mr. Duterte has repeatedly promised to be impartial if members of his family would be involved in corruption or graft charges and even vowed to resign the presidency if critics can prove that they are involved in such case.
He also said he would fire government personnel who will connive with them.
“That applies to his children, his siblings, his cousins, his uncles and aunts. No one in his family is authorized by him to have any financial interest in any government office, agency or department,” Roque said.
At least three members of the First Family have been accused of dealing with government agencies for supposedly doubtful transactions.
The President’s eldest son, Paolo, and his son-in-law Manases Carpio were dragged in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling mess at the Bureau of Customs, compelling the two to appear before a Senate hearing.
Paolo, on Christmas Day, filed his resignation as Davao vice mayor, citing the smuggling issue and some personal family concerns.
But the presidential son and Carpio, husband of presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, both denied the accusation.
Roque, meanwhile, stressed there “should be no problems” if Carpio, who serves as counsel to some companies dealing with the government, “performs his duties pursuant to the rules of legal ethics.”
“It’s very clear in the rules of legal ethics that one should not take advantage of any position that discharge functions of lawyers,” he said.

1 comment

  • Arthur

    Really? Duterte's son-in-law has been cornering big cases using his name and Malacanang. Example is Mighty Corp that hired the service of Atty. Fortun then switched to Atty. Carpio, the son-in-law. That's why the case is now settled.

    Arthur Thursday, 04 January 2018 06:20 Comment Link

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