Witness Alleges Duterte’s Son May Be Involved in Bureau of Customs Corruption

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A witness in a drug smuggling case testified that corrupt officials in the Bureau of Customs have mentioned Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s son.

In May, about P6.4 billion worth of methamphetamine was smuggled through the Philippine Bureau of Customs.

Witness Mark Taguba testified before a House committee on Aug. 7 about his relations with the agency.

Taguba has admitted to bribing customs officials before, although he denies the drugs came from any of his containers.

Taguba said officials within the BOC that he had paid off had “name-dropped” Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte before.

The Philippine Star says Taguba alleged the officials he paid off told him the money was intended for Paolo Duterte.

President Duterte said in March that if any of his children are ever found guilty of corruption, he will resign.