Malacañang on Monday (August 14) challenged these insinuating Paolo Duterte could also be concerned in corruption to show proof that may show it as an alternative of making allegations based mostly on photographs.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned Paolo may very well be a sufferer of trial by publicity as a result of of the photographs exhibiting him with businessman Kenneth Dong, a Chinese businessman implicated within the P6.Four-billion shabu cargo that bought previous the Bureau of Customs on the Port of Manila.
“Kung talagang serious [ang allegation], then whoever is [knowledgable] in this matter should raise up the issue in the proper venue. Hindi lang yung paikot-ikot kasi siyempre at the end of the day, what does it become? It becomes trial by publicity,” Abella instructed reporters in Malacanang after a press briefing.
“That’s what’s important, documentary evidence, not hearsay. Otherwise all of these things are just speculation, propaganda that can be used and misused,” he added.
Dong was named by customs dealer Mark Taguba because the “middleman” of Chinese businessman Richard Tan, whose firm in China shipped the cargo to Manila.
The cargo, which was declared as kitchenware, was discovered to have 604 kilograms of shabu when it was delivered to Tan’s warehouse in Valenzuela City final May.
President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to resign if there’s proof Paolo is responsible of corruption.