The senate probe on Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte‘s involvement with a smuggled shipment containing P6.4 billion worth of shabu has cause the presidential son to butt heads with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Customs fixer Mark Taguba previously said that Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio were behind the Davao Group. This group facilitated the smuggling of drugs through the Bureau of Customs.
Taguba has said that he brokered the P6.4 billion drug haul and gave grease money to the Davao Group. However, a day after his confession, Mark Taguba released a statement clearing both Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio.
Now, Senator Trillanes is alleging that Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is a member of the Triad, an international crime syndicate based in China. With such a huge accusation, Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, Sen. Gordon, warns Trillanes to back his claim with evidence.
The senator said that a way to prove Paolo Duterte’s ties to the Triad was through the latter’s back tattoo. When asked if he has any ink on his back, the vice mayor confirmed that he indeed has a back tattoo. However, the presidential son declined to reveal it, citing personal privacy as his reason.
Trillanes goes further by saying that Paolo Duterte’s back tattoo has “sacred digits” that will prove his membership to the Triad. The vice mayor repeatedly rejected all of Trillanes’ efforts to get him to reveal his tattoo, leading the senator to conclude that the presidential son was hiding something from the Senate and the public.
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CNN Philippines provided a clip of the hot issue between the senator and the vice mayor. Watch it below.
Before Paolo Duterte attended the senate probe, Senator Dick Gordon and Senator Antonio Trillanes got into a heated exchange of insults. Senator Trillanes accused Senator Gordon of protecting Paolo Duterte from facing the senate probe.
What can you say about Senator Trillanes’ claims? Do his accusations seem baseless or do they hold weight? Do you think that Paolo Duterte is involved in illegal activities with the Triad? Share your thoughts and reactions in the comments section below!
Source: CNN Philippines