Sotto to Sara Duterte: Lifestyle check for gov’t officials OK, with or without ‘chismis’

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  • Senator weighed in on planned lifestyle check for Davao City mayor’s brother and husband
  • He said basis of lifestyle checks on gov’t officials can be done regardless of basis
  • DOJ secretary still ascertaining whether to heed Senate request or not

MANILA, Philippines – As far as Tito Sotto is concerned, government officials should be open to lifestyle checks at all times.

The senator, in his reaction to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s objection to a call for check on her brother Paolo and husband Atty. Mans Carpio, said the basis for the same need not be considered.

“With or without chismis, puwede naman talaga i-lifestyle check lahat ng mga public officials. Ewan ko lang kung bagay kay Carpio kasi di naman siya public official, pero sa government officials, OK lang i-lifestyle check with or without prompt from anyone,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

[With or without the rumors, public officials may be subjected to lifestyle check. I am just not sure if this is applicable to Carpio since he is not a public official, but government officials may be subjected to a lifestyle check with or without prompt from anyone.]

Paolo Duterte is vice mayor of Davao City while Carpio is a practicing lawywer. Both have been implicated in smuggling activities inside the Bureau of Customs by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

For his part, Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he is still studying the Senate report recommending a lifestyle check for Duterte and Carpio.

“I will see if the same is called for. In other words, I will determine the basis for such order. Besides, the report is only a draft,” he said.

The draft —written by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee led by Sen. Richard Gordon— still has to pass through the committee and then the plenary before becoming official.