President's son and son-in-law face Senate probe of BOC

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, Atty. Manases Carpio, faced senators today in the resumption of the probe on the alleged corruption and smuggling in the Customs Bureau.

Duterte and Carpio in a joint statement on Monday, said they will attend the hearing.

"We duly recognize the coercive powers of the Senate of the Philippines as part of the legislative branch of government and their authority to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation," the statement read.

This was after Customs fixer Mark Taguba linked Duterte and Carpio in the so-called "Davao Group," which allegedly asked for bribes to facilitate movement of shipments in the Bureau of Customs.

However, Taguba retracted his statements on September 1 by issuing an affidavit, saying he had never testified and will never testify, that Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio were involved in the illegal drugs shipment.

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In August 31, Senators Richard Gordon and Sonny Trillanes clashed after the latter questioned why Duterte and Carpio had not been invited to the Blue Ribbon committee hearing, given they have enough information to do so.

Trillanes on Tuesday said he is raring to face Duterte and Carpio.

"Paghandaan nila ang tanong ko (They should brace themselves for my questions)," the senator said.

In a speech during the Social Security Service (SSS) anniversary on Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said there is nothing wrong in attending the Senate hearing, and advised them to "just tell the truth."

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