Paolo Duterte’s silence would be a deafening confirmation of his role in ‘Davao group’

Malacanang photo of Pres. Duterte’s first family at his inauguration June 30, 2016. Presidential son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio is at extreme left and presidential son Paolo, second from the right.

The saying “A fish is caught by its mouth” applies to President Duterte on the issue of the alleged involvement of his son, Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte, and his son-in-law, Atty. Manases Carpio in the release without inspection by the Bureau of Customs of a shipment containing 604 kilos of shabu worth P6.2 billion last May.

Duterte told reporters Sunday, “Ang advice ko kay Pulong? Punta ka doon. And then pagdating mo, dun sa questions, sabihin mo, ‘I will not answer you.’ I’m invoking my right of silence kasi noong eleksyon pa, hindi pa Presidente tatay ko, binibira mo na kami. So if you want evidence, do not get it from the mouth of other people. Go somewhere else.”

Pulong is the nickname of Paolo.

Political analyst Segundo Romero commented in Facebook, “When your father advises you to keep silent, he must think you’re kinda stupid.”

Added Romero, “Funny, but when Polong keeps silent in the Senate hearing, he will be speaking the eloquent truth.”
Duterte said, “When a person invokes a Constitutional right, you cannot infer anything wrong there. And you cannot force a person to testify. All you have to do is to send a letter. We are not answering your questions. I will not submit to an investigation. For what? You are on a fishing expedition.”

Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and a known ally of Duterte, made a turnaround from his earlier stand that Paolo and Mans Carpio would not be invited as their alleged involvement in the so called “Davao Group” at the Bureau of Customs is hearsay.

Gordon’s refusal to invite Paolo and Carpio was the subject of a heated argument between him and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who requested for it prompting the latter to say that the Blue Ribbon Committee has become a “Comite de Absuelto.”

Paolo and Carpio names appeared in the text messages between customs broker Mark Taguba and Tita Nani, a Customs fixer, who up to now has not been identified.

Screeshot of ext messages between Tita Nani and Marc Taguba from Taguba’s mobile phone presented at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

Paolo’s name was mentioned as part of the Davao group that facilitates for a hefty fee release of shipments without inspection at the Customs. Taguba said last January he went to Davao to deliver P5 million for Paolo as his “enrolment” fee in the Davao group and it was received by Davao City Councilor Noli “Small” Abellera.

Abellera admitted having met Taguba in Davao but denied receiving the P5 million.

Duterte had said in the beginning of his presidency that he would resign if his son would be linked to corruption and illegal drugs. Lately he revised his conditions, requiring concrete proof:”Itong anak kong si Pulong, sinabi ko bigyan ninyo na ako ng affidavit na may taong nagbigay, siya mismo… kung may camera, may audio mas maganda… at tinanggap niya, at narinig ko ito bayad sa ano”

Last Sept. 1, Duterte called Trillanes allegations about his son’s involvement in smuggling as “basura.

This is not the first time that Duterte dismissed Trillanes’expose about him as “garbage.” During the election campaign, Trillanes alleged that Duterte had at least ₱211 million deposited in the Bank of the Philippine Islands branch along Julia Vargas on Ortigas Center, Pasig City, which he did not declare in his 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth.

The day the story was first published, April 28, 2016, Duterte said at the Makati Business Club luncheon appearance, “Believe me. That’s garbage. You can check with the bank. You go there. I told you, he is a liar. He fabricated this.”

Receipt of deposit to the BPI accout of Duterte which he earlier said garbage and fabricated

At 1:24 p.m – My friend deposited in Duterte’s published BPI account P500. It was accepted. I posted on Facebook the receipt showing his name and his daughter, Sara, as owners of the account.

At 3:09 p.m, Duterte issued a statement admitting the existence of the BPI account.

September 6, 2017 10:17 am  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption

4 Responses

  1. jcj2013 - September 6, 2017 2:42 pm

    Masahol pa sa adik itong si Duterte. Ito ang dapat inunang matokhang bago pa man ang 13K plus na kaawa-awang pinaslang ng mga kawani ng Patay-nang-Patay (PNP) organization.

  2. Tilamsik - September 6, 2017 3:13 pm

    Nawawalan na ako ng pag-asa, Bayan Ko.!

  3. jcj2013 - September 8, 2017 11:32 am

    By their demeanor and answers during yesterday’s Senate hearing, Polong and Mans are guilty as hell. Dios mio, our country is being run by drug lords from Davao.

  4. Golberg - September 11, 2017 1:18 pm

    Ayaw pakit ang tattoo.

    Baka nga naman kasi, Hello Kitty o Picachu ang tattoo niya.
    O baka naman hindi pa Dragon ang nandoon kundi bulate pa lang.

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