Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte: 'I cannot answer allegations based on hearsay'

Amid hot controversy linking Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Atty. Manases Carpio to the Bureau of Customs smuggling shipment from China, Paolo Duterte welcomed the invitation and attended the Senate probe on Thursday.


Amid hot controversy linking Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Atty. Manases Carpio to the Bureau of Customs smuggling shipment from China, Paolo Duterte welcomed the invitation and attended the Senate probe on Thursday.

Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte responded to the allegation and denied such involvement. 

He added that he would not answer allegations “based on hearsay.”

“In compliance with the invitation of this honorable committee and as a gesture of respect to the Senate, I am formally appearing in today’s proceedings. Once and for all, I now have the time to deny any and all baseless allegations thrown against me,” Duterte said.

“My presence here is for the Filipino people and fellow DavaoeƱos. I am very sorry but I cannot answer allegations based on hearsay,” he added.

Young Duterte and his brother-in-law were dragged in corruption after their name was mention Customs broker and witness Mark Taguba,which the latter read from text message of "Tita Nanie."

After the heated arguments between Senator Trillanes and Senator Gordon, the Senate probe resumed today and finally invited Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio to attend.

The presidential son then took a swipe at a senator, whom he did not name.

“In closing, a Senator once said that we are a family of murderers and I am untouchable. Allow me to quote a message from a colleague of mine, every talk has its day; the law of karma will operate specially to those with evil intent,” he said.

While Carpio also defended himself and denied the accusations against him.

“I am a lawyer by profession. My practice involves representing my clients in courts, including the Bureau of Customs. In fact, the case I'm working on in the Bureau of Customs dates back to the administration of President [Benigno] Aquino [III],” Carpio said.
“I am here before this committee to formally declare that I have no knowledge or involvement in illegal drug shipments...and to assist the committee in whatever way I can as a resource person," he added.
 

 Source: Inquirer, Rappler

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