Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has formally requested the Senate blue ribbon committee to summon among the alleged members of the infamous “Davao Group”, supposedly concerned in smuggling actions in Davao City led by presidential son Pulong Duterte, to seem and testify earlier than them.
In two formal letters to committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon dated Aug. 16, Trillanes sought to invite:
1) Lourdes Rosario from the Imports and Assessment Service part of the Bureau of Customs (BOC)
2) Davao City Nilo “Small” Abellera
three) Hernani Co, chief of the BOC Auction Division
Rosario’s look was wanted to validate an info given to him, Trillanes stated in his letter to Gordon whereas that of Abellera and Co had been anticipated to “validate the information given by Mr. Mark Ruben Tugaba II to the committee.”
In the persevering with Senate investigation on the P6.four billion smuggled shabu from China final Tuesday, Taguba advised the committee sure “Small” was allegedly a part of the Davao Group working in BOC in Davao City.
Small is allegedly Nilo Abellera, a councillor in Davao City.
Trillanes stated in a tv interview that Abellera was intently related to the presidential son.
Besides “Small,” Taguba additionally talked about the names of a sure “Jack” and “Tita Nanie” who’ve been invoking the Davao Group in their transactions in BOC in Davao City.
Trillanes claimed that “Tita Nanie” refers to Rosario and Co as earlier recognized in the same listening to in the House of Representatives.
“So the question is, why would a councilor from Davao City be dealing with some brokers? And this Small Abellera is known in Davao City to be very close to Paolo Duterte,” the senator.
Taguba additionally advised Senate probers the presidential son’s identify has typically been dropped in smuggling actions however when requested if he may again up such allegations, he admitted he couldn’t.
“This is personal knowledge as far as Taguba is concerned because he was dealing personally with this Davao Group,” Trillanes stated.
“Putok na putok itong name (ng group) na ito. Taguba mentioned specific names. Pinapatawag natin sa next hearing, kung ipapatawag ng blue ribbon, makikita natin yung connection dyan (with Paolo Duterte) eventually,” he stated.
“Yung mga brokers at yung mga nasa Customs alam kung sino behind that group and Taguba himself said he knows that Paolo Duterte is among those linked in that group,” he added.
Asked if he may produce a extra stable proof or one other testimony which may attest to the presidential son’s involvement in the stated unlawful actions, Trillanes stated he would do on the correct time.
“Kaya nga kailangan natin dalhin dun yung imbestigasyon. Kailangan natin ma rule out yung possibility na involved itong anak ng President na nagpapanggap na galit daw sya sa droga,” he stated.
“Si Abellera ay kilalang kilala sa Davao City na kadikit ni Paolo Duterte. So marami ng leads na nag po point sa involvement nito ni Paolo Duterte at meron pa tayong ipe prisinta (in the future),” Trillanes added.