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Bahala si Dick: But Poe thinks Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio better off going to Senate

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Senator Grace Poe on Friday said that it is the prerogative of Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, to invite presidential son and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio to the next Senate hearing into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China.

“For me, it is the prerogative of the chairman who to invite to the hearing but we also want to hear the whole story),” Poe said in a radio interview.

Poe made this statement a day after Senators Gordon and Antonio Trillanes IV had a heated exchange over whether to invite Duterte and Carpio or not.

Although it was Gordon’s call, Poe agreed with Trillanes that inviting Duterte and Carpio would give them a chance to clear their names.

“Anyone mentioned in the hearing will have a chance to clear his name by explaining what the situation really is,” Poe said.

“But it’s also right that until we don’t know the entire story, we can’t judge,” she added.

The senator also said that Duterte and Carpio could still show up voluntarily just to shed more light on the issue.

“Since the Chairman doesn’t call for them, they don’t have an obligation. It’s voluntary. If they can help, why not?”she added. (PNA)