Duterte warns of fixer in judiciary using his name

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 21 2018 01:58 PM | Updated as of May 21 2018 02:45 PM

MANILA - Malacañang said Monday President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a warning to judges and justices around the country against being influenced by a fixer who drops his name or that of his grandchild.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the alleged fixer is the current husband of his former daughter-in-law.

Roque did not identify the person Duterte was warning about, but among the President’s sons, only former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has an ex-wife.

Paolo was once married to Lovelie Sangkola-Sumera, with whom he has 3 children. News reports identify her current husband as RJ Sumera.

“Iisa lang naman ang current husband ng isang ex wife ng anak ng presidente. Siguro nakarating na ang mensahe sa kanya. Hindi iyan kinukunsinte,” Roque said in a press briefing.

“Sa mga mahistrado, mga judges and justices, huwag niyo entertain-in ang fixer na ito. Hindi talaga ito kamag-anak ni presidente… Ang mga kaso dinedesisyunan dahil sa merito, hindi dahil sa fixers.”

Duterte was with Lovelie just last Thursday to attend the graduation of his granddaughter, Isabelle.