Duterte’s embattled son quits after getting bashed on Twitter by presidential granddaughter

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Nothing could be more embarrassing than a president with a tough-as-nails stance against drugs hearing allegations that his son is involved in a drug smuggling case. 
 
But that’s been the case in recent weeks, as political opponents charged that Paolo Duterte, son of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, is linked to the sale of illegal drugs. 
 
To make matters worse for Paolo, a vice mayor in the city of Davao, is in the spotlight again after daughter Isabelle alleged he was abusing her, via social media platform Twitter. 
 
Now, Paolo is stepping down from his position as the vice mayor of the city of Davao.
 
Announcing his resignation, Paolo said in a statement, “There are recent unfortunate events in my life that are closely tied to my failed first marriage. These, among others, include the maligning of my reputation in the recent name dropping incident in the Bureau of Customs’ smuggling case and the very public squabble with my daughter.”
 
During a senate investigation last September regarding a confiscated shipment of U.S. $125 million worth of illegal drugs from China, Paolo denied that he has part of a Chinese drug smuggling operation.
Paolo’s father, the nation’s president, has been on a tough campaign against illegal drugs, drug users and drug dealers, having grabbed global headlines for encouraging private citizens to shoot drug dealers. He’s said he would kill his own son if he found that Paolo has been involved in the drugs trade. 
 
There are nearly 5 million drug users in the Philippines, which many in the nation say has sparked a surge in crime, and many allege that addicts will still and kill to feed their addiction. Meth is one drug that has addicted many in the Philippines.
Critics of Duterte’s war on drugs say he is targeting only low-level addicts and drug dealers, while the dig fish who really control the illegal drugs industry go free.   
 
Paolo has also been recently bashed on Twitter by his 17-year-old daughter from his first wife.
 
Paolo stepped down from his job on Christmas, just days after his daughter posted a tweet suggesting that he had physically abused her, writing that her father shouldn’t hurt somebody “just because you have a position in the city,” according to the Philippine Day Inquirer. 
 

“The one you’re touching is also human!!!! Not only human but a child!!!!” she Tweeted. 

“You cannot act like that just because you have a name!!!! Just because you are a Duterte,” she wrote, adding that her father “f— up her Christmas every year.”

Paolo responded via Facebook, suggesting his daughter “change (her) family name.”

“You don’t respect me anymore!” he wrote. “You’re embarrassing!”

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