Presidential son, Paolo Duterte, and son-in-law, Mans Carpio, have been invited by the Senate blue ribbon committee to attend the hearing on the case of the P6.4 billion shipment of shabu that was recovered by Bureau of Customs.
According to the Senate blue ribbon committee chair Sen Richard Gordon in an interview on GMA’s Unang Balita, “Pinatatawag na namin ‘yung dalawa sapagkat kahit anong gawin ninyo, kahit anong gawin ko, sinasabi natin na hearsay, sinasabi nating sila ay anak ng Pangulo, sila ay kamag-anak ng Pangulo, dapat patawag. And that is why I agreed na ipatawag po sila in the first place.“
To recall, during “broker” Mark Taguba’s testimony in the Senate last August 31, the names of Duterte and Carpio were mentioned. Taguba later on recanted his statement by clarifying that the two are not involved. He said in a statement released by his lawyer Raymond Fortun in an article on GMA News, “I also hereby apologize to Vice Mayor Duterte, Atty. Carpio and to the first family for the proliferation of fake news arising out of my testimony at the Senate yesterday.”
Sen Antonio Trillanes IV had always been adamant that the two are the big names behind the illegal smuggling of shabu. He asked in the last Senate hearing to invite Duterte and Carpio to answer the allegations. Gordon rejected Trillanes’ idea; saying that the allegations were just hearsay and that there are no evidence directly linking the two to the case.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte already announced during an event in Davao that both Duterte and Carpio have no qualms about attending the hearing once they’re invited.
In an official statement released through the City Information Office, Duterte and Carpio have confirmed that they received the invitation and said, “We commit to respect the invitation and attend the hearing.” The statement further reads,”We duly recognize the coercive powers of the Senate of the Philippines as part of the legislative branch of government and their authority to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation.”
The next hearing is expected to convene this coming Thursday.