- President’s son-in-law denied role in BOC’s P6.4B-drug smuggling brouhaha
- He also denied personally knowing or meeting private broker Mark Taguba
- He explained his presence inside BOC, said he has been representing clients since PNoy’s time
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio has denied any involvement in the shipment of drugs worth P6.4 billion through the Bureau of Customs even as he lamented the public trial he and his brother-in-law Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte were undergoing because of the allegations.
“I am here before this committee to formally declare that I have no knowledge of or involvement in the illegal drugs shipment which is the subject matter of this inquiry, and to assist this committee in whatever way I can as a resource person,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “Me and my brother-in-law have been publicly crucified based on rumors and gossips.”
Carpio also denied personally knowing or having mey private broker Mark Taguba; saying he goes to the BOC and other government institutions to represent his clients in line with his profession as a lawyer.
“I don’t know Mark Ruben Taguba, and I have not met him. I’m a lawyer by profession and my practice involves representing my clients in courts and other government institutions including the BOC,” he said.
Carpio added that he has appeared on behalf of his clients in the BOC since the time of former president Benigno Aquino III.
“In fact, the case I’m working on in the BOC dates back to the administration of (former) President Aquino,” he said.
Both Carpio and the younger Duterte have been tagged as members of the so-called “Davao Group” by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV which was allegedly engaged in illegal brokering activities inside the BOC.