Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s try to hyperlink presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte turned out to be a dud after failing to elicit any testimony that would again up allegations on the latter’s involvement with the so-called “Davao Group.”
“Sabi-sabi lang po,” customs dealer Mark Taguba mentioned to Trillanes through the persevering with Senate blue ribbon committee listening to Tuesday because the lawmaker tried to dig deeper on his revelations made within the House of Representatives’ listening to final Aug. eight the place he dropped the title of the President’s son as concerned supposedly in a recognized smuggling syndicate in Davao City.
When advised by Taguba that he doesn’t consider within the involvement of the youthful Duterte, Trillanes requested him why he would nonetheless give “tara” or grease cash.
“Ang importante po mailabas yung container, maluwag na (mailabas yung shipment sa customs),” Taguba mentioned.
Taguba reiterated his charges on the alleged involvement of Kenneth Dong being not solely a supposed center man of Richard Tan however a lot of different so-called Chinese “customs players.”
“He’s really a businessman. Marami talaga pong clout sya, marami syang kilalang Chinese na businessman din,” Taguba mentioned, including that it was Dong who helped him in bringing out of the BOC the mentioned cargo.
Dong, when confronted by Trillanes with images that has already gone viral, exhibiting him within the firm of the Davao City vice mayor and one other presidential son, Sebastian or “Baste”, denied being personally shut to the members of the First Family.
“Hindi (ko po sila kilala). Ugali ko po talaga, mahilig po akong magpa picture. Iyan po yung problema sa akin kaya naiintriga (ako),” Dong mentioned.
“Talagang problema ‘yan kasi may senador na nakulong dahil sa picture,” Trillanes responded, clearly referring to colleague, Sen. Leila de Lima who’s going through drug-related charges.
De Lima is alleged to have hyperlinks with one alleged recognized drug lord within the Eastern Visayas, Kerwin Espinosa, and this was backed up with a photograph of her taken in Baguio City months earlier than the 2016 elections.
Espinosa allegedly helped in funding the marketing campaign of De Lima.
In one other image which Trillanes described Dong to be horsing round with Vice Mayor Duterte together with two unidentified males, the businessmen remained adamant in his claims that they’re not shut however mere acquaintances.
“So you admit na meron kang special relationship with Mr. Paolo Duterte, is that correct?” Trillanes requested.
“Opo, pero hindi close,” Dong replied.