Duterte disowns Paolo’s ex-wife amid rumor of Customs visit: Hindi ko manugang yan!
President Rodrigo Duterte has distanced himself from the former wife of his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, amid rumors she frequently visited the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
In a speech at the oathtaking of new government officials in Malacanang, Duterte said Lovelie Sangkola was not his daughter-in-law.
“Ito namang babae ‘yang pumupunta diyan. Excuse me, she is not — she’s not my daughter. Hindi ko manugang ‘yan. Diyan nga ako nagkaroon ng sugat sa puso noon. Imagine, your 18-year-old son eloping with a 24, tapos — nahirapan talaga, hindi nakatapos,” he said.
Duterte said Paolo’s wife is January, a Christian.
“I do not have a daughter by the name of Lovelie Duterte,” he said.
The President said he has not seen Paolo’s former wife for more than a decade, though his grandchildren are with her.
Paolo has also been tagged by Customs broker Mark Taguba as having ties to the so-called “Davao Group,” which reportedly accepts multimillion-peso payoffs in exchange for the non-inspection of shipments.
Duterte said that while he would readily resign if his children are involved in corruption, what their former partners do is none of his business.
“Not the kind of event that would prompt me to insist on resigning. Pero ako, sabi ko sa mga anak ko, if they are into it, just call my attention, remind me of my commitment and I will resign. Hindi ako ‘yung kapit-tuko. That’s one,” he said.