Rody can’t be in­flu­enced by kin — Palace

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By ALEXIS ROMERO

Pres­i­dent Duterte could not be in­flu­enced even by mem­bers of his fam­ily, Mala­cañang stressed yes­ter­day amid re­ports that a busi­ness part­ner of his brother Em­manuel was ar­rested by the Ja­panese po­lice for al­legedly plot­ting a robbery in Tokyo. An ar­ti­cle posted on the web­site cryp­tonews.com said Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties nabbed Takanori Okuno for al­legedly or­ches­trat­ing an assault and robbery in the Mi­nato ward of Tokyo that left two peo­ple in­jured. The vic­tims were sup­pos­edly forced to sur­ren­der cash to the at­tack­ers.

Okuno and Em­manuel founded the Japhil Global Coins Corp., a Cebu-based com­pany en­gaged in vir­tual cur­rency trad­ing. Cryp­tonews said Okuno has de­nied in­volve­ment in the in­ci­dent, which re­port­edly took place two years ago. Asked to com­ment on the is­sue, presi- den­tial spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the Pres­i­dent had ad­vised the pub­lic not to be­lieve any­one who claims that they could in­flu­ence gov­ern­ment pol­icy.

“In one in­stance, the Pres­i­dent asked me to tell the pub­lic to stay away even from his sib­lings. He did not au­tho­rize any­one, in­clud­ing his sib­lings, to do busi­ness with the gov­ern­ment,” Roque said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, Pres­i­dent Duterte does not con­trol his rel­a­tives. He has re­peat­edly clar­i­fied it to the pub­lic. He had noth­ing to do with the ac­tiv­i­ties of his sib­lings. If his sib­lings or rel­a­tives are us­ing his in­flu­ence as Pres­i­dent, please re­port it to Mala­cañang.”

Roque said Duterte does not con­done in­flu­ence ped­dling in his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cit­ing a re­port by Ja­panese me­dia out­let Global News Asia, Cryp­tonews said Okuno’s ar­rest could af­fect the prospec­tive launch of his com­pany’s cryp­tocur­rency-re­lated projects.

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