By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is not stopping his son Paolo from resigning as vice mayor of Davao City.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea sent a letter to the President’s son informing him about the President’s acceptance of his resignation.
“We refer to your letter tendering your resignation as Vice Mayor of Davao City. On behalf of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, this is to inform you that your resignation is hereby accepted, effective immediately,” Medialdea’s letter read.
The letter, dated January 5, has also been furnished to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Undersecretary Catalino Cuy, officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
The Palace letter to Paolo was released by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque to the media. “President Rodrigo Duterte has already accepted this afternoon the resignation of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte,” Roque told reporters in a message.
The President’s son tendered his resignation on December 25, Christmas Day, citing the drug smuggling controversy that implicated his name and his word war with his daughter Isabelle. He said these “unfortunate events” in his life were linked to his failed marriage with his first wife.
The young Duterte also expressed gratitude for the support of the people of Davao during his term. “I look forward to the day that I will be able to serve our country again,” he said.
The President later said he did not ask his son to resign, saying it was up to him to do what was right. Duterte claimed that Paolo must have had enough of the issues hurled against him.