President Rodrigo Duterte advised his son, resigned Davao City Mayor Pulong Duterte, not to enter into car smuggling now that he was spending most of his time at the pier.
“‘Wag kang pumasok diyan sa mga car-car. Gusto mo bumili ka kung may pera ka,” said Duterte in a speech during the mass destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles at the Bureau of Customs.
Duterte said he does not have a problem with his son spending most of his time at the trading ports as long as he focused on importing jars and ‘ukay-ukay’ or used clothes.
“Where is he now? Where will he be tonight? Eh sa pantalan ‘yan, ‘yan ang hanapbuhay niya eh.You ask the Customs people here, pati ‘yang mga chiefs of police. Mga jars, mga… Alam mo, galing Singapore, and maybe ukay-ukay,” said Duterte.
“At 18 years old, he learned the ropes there because he had to help, kasi palamunin lang siya ng in-laws niya. Now, where is Pulong now? Nasa pantalan sigurado ko. ‘Yan ang alam niyang hanapbuhay eh,” he added.
Duterte was sure that his son would not dare engae in drug smuggling as claimed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
“O sabihin niyo drugs? Alam niya, papatayin ko siya, kung hindi ipapatay ko siya. ‘Yan ang totoo diyan.
Duterte decided to just crush the smuggled cars instead of putting them under the hammer where the smugglers would just bid and end up owning their units legally.
“Pero itong smuggling na ito, this kind of racket has been going on again and again, and again, over a period of centuries. Well, it has to stop,” he said.
Ayaw kong ipagbili kasi kung ipagbili ko, consigned to a fictitious person, igagarahe lang ninyo ‘yan diyan, [garbled] kayo and when the time comes, they are sold to an auction, ‘yung auction diyang opisina, itatawag na rin sa isang sindikato dito, siya lang ‘yan eh,” he added.