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Gatchalian says attacking First Family requires higher bar of evidence: Dick will not be soft on Paolo, Mans Carpio

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Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday said Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV should come up with solid and convincing proof against members of the First Family supposedly engaged in smuggling activities of the so-called “Davao Group.”

“I think when you accuse the First Family, the President, the bar of evidence is higher,” he said.

Gatchalian back Sen. Richard Gordon’s refusal to have the blue ribbon committee to look deeper into Trillanes’ accusations against the alleged smuggling operations of presidential son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law, abogado Manases “Mans” Carpio, through the Davao Group.

Gordon’s committee is currently investigating the P6.4-billion smuggled shabu from China and so far, Gatchalian does seen any links of Paolo or Carpio to the hot cargo.

“You have to have clear proof and direct knowledge on this type of accusation. It’s easy to accuse someone especially if it’s the President because he is a public figure. I don’t think the committee will be soft. The committee, especially the chairman is just raising the bar in terms of evidence, proof so that if we accuse, we make sure that this information is clearly validated,” Gatchalian explained.