Former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod has expressed exasperation with how many of the senators behaved when presidential son Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, the vice mayor of Davao City, and his brother-in-law Manases “Mans” Carpio, attended the Senate listening to on the P6.Four-billion shabu cargo controversy on September 7.
In her September 9 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Monsod famous the deferential therapy that senators– apart from Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino– gave Duterte’s kinfolk, and the shabby manner they handled Customs dealer Mark Taguba.
“If you look at it objectively, Paolo Duterte is a vice mayor– not exactly high on the totem pole of public officials. What he had going for him, which should not have mattered at all, is that he is the son of the President. And he took full advantage of it. I could almost see the senators tiptoeing. Not a nice picture,” she stated.
“A senator even said something to the effect that the time of these people (i.e. Duterte and Carpio), who had come from so far away, should not be wasted. Like it was out of the goodness of their hearts that they came,” Monsod added.
In distinction to the kid-glove therapy the senators accorded to Duterte and Carpio, Monsod stated Taguba, who gave particulars on the corruption inside the Bureau of Customs, was “treated like dirt.”
Monsod stated Duterte confirmed conceitedness “to the point of being in contempt of the Senate, yet was allowed to get away with it.”
The vice mayor and his brother-in-law have been invited to seem on the Senate after their names have been implicated within the anomalies inside the BOC.
Both kinfolk of the President denied wrongdoing. Paolo, nonetheless, refused to present his again tattoo which Trillanes claimed is proof he’s a member of a Chinese triad engaged in smuggling.