Senator Richard Gordon suggested a lifestyle on Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and his brother-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio over their alleged involvement in smuggling.
In a draft report submitted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, headed by Gordon, they are requesting the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct the lifestyle check after the two were linked to a “Davao Group” that allegedly facilitates shipments through the Customs Bureau.
“There are many examples that we are aware where rumors of abuse and close relationships abound, regardless of the administration in power… In this administration, a similar pattern has emerged, with certain members of the First Family being linked to this sordid affair,” the report read.
“The committee decided to: invite the personalities being mentioned, namely, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and Atty. Manases Carpio, and request the NBI to include both personalities in the lifestyle checks being conducted,” the report added.
Previously, the Blue Ribbon Committee investigated the P6.4 billion illegal drug shipment from China that passed through the Customs under “tara” — a system of payoffs happening in the Customs or the shipment of illegal drugs to the Philippines.
Customs fixer Mark Taguba name-dropped the presidential son and his brother-in-law in the Senate hearing, saying that he heard those names from the Davao Group.
However, he withdrew his statements later, saying he had “never testified, nor will I ever testify” that they were involved in “tara” system.
Aside from the two, Gordon also recommended a lifestyle check on at least 14 people involved in the drug shipment, including Chinese national Richard Chen, Davao City Councilor Nilo “Small” Abellera, Mark Ruben Taguba II, Manny Li, and Kenneth Dong.
Carpio’s wife Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio criticized the plan of lifestyle checking on her husband because it is “unreasonable”.
“If indeed the recommendation of a lifestyle check on Atty Mans find its way into the FINAL committee report. My opinion is, it is an unreasonable recommendation mainly because it is based on ‘chismis’ of Mr Taguba and from the lies of Trillanes,” Rappler quoted her as saying