Sep 21, 2017

Philippine president: "kill" my son if he's into drugs

Paolo Duterte testifies on drug smuggling allegations. Photo: Bullit Marquez / AP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Wednesday that he will have his son, Paolo Duterte, killed by police — and then protect those officers from prosecution — if Paolo is found guilty of smuggling drugs from China, per AFP. "I said before my order was, 'If I have children who are into drugs, kill them so people will not have anything to say,'" he said.

The backdrop: Duterte's opposition accused Paolo of smuggling and he recently denied the allegations while appearing before a Senate. Duterte was elected after running on an extreme anti-drug platform and pledging to kill up to 100,000 traffickers and drug addicts as a solution. He said he will have his son killed if found guilty, to show he is commitment to his agenda.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Roger Stone sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

Roger Stone arriving for his sentencing hearing. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to 4o months in prison for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Why it matters: Stone is the seventh person to be convicted and sentenced for crimes unearthed by former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. His case has been at the heart of ongoing tensions between President Trump and his Justice Department.