Senate probers dismissed as pure hearsay allegations linking presidential son and incumbent Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte within the alleged smuggling actions in Davao and attainable involvement within the cargo of P6.four billion price of shabu from China.
Sen. Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chair and lead prober downplayed allegations made by customs dealer Mark Taguba who claimed Duterte was supposedly concerned in customs transactions of a sure “Davao Group” in Davao metropolis.
“It’s all hearsay. You cannot just ask someone these things,” stated Gordon, chair of the blue ribbon committee and total lead within the inquiry stated after Tuesday’s listening to.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III stated the difficulty doesn’t even advantage an investigation.
“This is the third time that I’ve heard about this so-called Davao Group. Pag sinabing Davao Group kaagad na sinasabi Polong Duterte. Wala, no basis at all,” Sotto stated in a separate interview.
Sotto stated that the time period Davao Group appeared to be probably the most abused time period even in on-line playing points and different unlawful actions however thus far, he has not discovered any hint to or any such group current in Davao City.
“ The chairman himself knows it’s purely hearsay. What if somebody comes here and says that (former President) Noynoy Aquino is involved in the delivery of whatever, patatawag mo kagad si Noynoy? Hindi pwede yun. Lalo na hindi sya yung direct, may nagsabi lang daw. And then as I have told the chairman,this is the third time and third incident that I have heard government offices saying na meron daw lumalapit sa kanila sabi daw Davao Group sila. That when you check them out, they’re not even from Davao. Ganun eh. I don’t think it’s necessary for us to invite the vice mayor,” he stated.
Instead of Paolo, Sotto stated these named by customs dealer Mark Taguba as supposedly in receipt of “tara” or grease cash needs to be those referred to as to testify within the Senate.
Sotto stated it was tough to decide whether or not Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon was concerned within the smuggling of the P6.four billion shabu.
“Mahirap timplahin at this point. I’d rather not lay blame on anyone at this point. We just have to appreciate everything perhaps sa last hearing because the way things are shaping up, there was either neglect or irresponsible moves or actions or corrupt actions. Let’s see how this will end up and hopefully the last hearing would be next week,” he stated.