On top of the P5 million “enrollment fee” and P1 million “advance payment” that customs dealer Mark Taguba alleged to have paid to the Davao Group, he gave a further P2 million supposedly for Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
The P2 million was supposed to have settled no matter misgivings that the presidential son might need in coping with Taguba.
Appearing earlier than the Senate blue ribbon committee in its ontinuing investigation on the P6.four billion smuggled shabu from China, Taguba stated he gave the P2 million to Duterte’s alleged “handler”, a sure “Jack” when he went to Davao final January to search help from the “Davao Group” in expediting the discharge of his shipments from the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Initially, Taguba advised Senate probers that he gave P1 million to the Davao Group, upon directives by a go-between whom he recognized as “Tita Nanie” as “advance payment”, permitting him to fly to Davao to meet with “Jack” who will supposedly prepare his assembly with “Pulong” as quickly as doable.
When requested by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who they had been referring to as “Pulong,” Taguba talked about the identify of the Davao City vice mayor.
But as a substitute of assembly up with the presidential son, Jack solely managed to prepare him a gathering with one other “handler” of the vice mayor and identified to have shut private ties with the presidential son, Davao City Councilor Nilo “Small” Abellera.
Taguba claimed he handed over the P5 million “enrollement fee” to Abellera whereas they had been in a bar and restaurant in Davao City together with Jack.
But after the assembly, Taguba stated Jack referred to as him up and advised him that Pulong relayed to Abellera some reservations upon studying who his father was.
Taguba’s father, a retired customs police, additionally moonlighted as a customs dealer and allegedly earned a nasty popularity in doing enterprise with the BOC.
“Sabi ko naman, retiro na yung tatay ko. Ako na yung nagta-trabaho. Sabi ko magkahiwalay kami. Hihilutin na lang daw. Sabi nya (Jack) magdagdag na lang ako ng P2 million. Nagibgay pa rin ako ng P2 million kay Jack. Para daw kay Pulon ‘yun,” Taguba narrated.
And he did earlier than returning to Manila the next day.
“Nagtuloy-tuloy naman ‘yung transaction after nun,” he stated.