Duterte accepts son Paolo's resignation
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of his eldest son, Paolo Duterte from his post as Davao City vice mayor, Palace sources said on Friday, January 5.
According to two high-ranking Malacañang sources, the Office of the Executive Secretary is set to release the official document on the acceptance of Paolo's resignation.
The document states that the acceptance of the resignation is "effective immediately."
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque later on confirmed this.
Malacañang earlier said that the President had 15 working days to decide on whether to accept or reject Paolo's resignation, as provided under the Local Government Code.
On December 25, Christmas Day, Paolo announced he was resigning. "My parents never failed to remind me of the value of time-honored principle of delicadeza, and this is one of those instances of my life that I need to protect my honor and that of my children," he said then. (READ: Duterte to Paolo: If you're guilty, I'll order you killed)
He had cited as among the reasons for his resignation the smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of shabu from China through the Bureau of Customs, where his name was dragged. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee cleared him in the controversy but the Office of the Ombudsman has launched its own separate investigation that targets public officials, mentioning the Davao Group.