Paolo Duterte not closing doors to politics – sister

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is open to serving the public again after his resignation, his sister said.

"I don't think na he is closing his doors to running again," Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said in a media briefing in Davao on Wednesday. The next local election is in 2019.

Paolo Duterte resigned on Monday. He cited as a reason the "maligning of his reputation" over his alleged involvement in the P6.4-billion drugs smuggled from China.

Sara said her brother began considering resignation after he was linked to the Customs controversy.

"Issue sa namedropping sa Bureau of Customs, he was already thinking about resigning. He was torn," she said.

The former vice mayor and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio appeared at a Senate hearing on the drug shipment. Customs fixer Mark Taguba said both are part of the "Davao Group," which was accused of peddling influence at the Customs Bureau.

Paolo also mentioned "recent unfortunate events" linked to his marriage at a young age. The former vice mayor referred to his public squabble on social media with his daughter, Isabelle. In her private Twitter account, Isabelle posted about someone with the Duterte last name beating up a child, though she did not identify who.

Mayor Duterte said they are taking the cue from their father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Everybody is waiting whether the Office of the President will accept the resignation or not. So nothing will be final until the resignation is accepted," she said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Local Government Code provides the President must act on the resignation letter within 15 days upon receipt. Without an action within this period, the resignation is deemed accepted.