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Koko, Sotto say Pulong probe waste of time; Trillanes insists public knows Duterte hiding something

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The leadership of the Senate belittled the significance Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ efforts to link the Davao smuggling group with presidential son, Paolo Duterte, and his brother-in-law, Abogado Manases Carpio, in the ongoing blue ribbon probe on corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“Sayang lang (yung) oras,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday commented.

“Off tangent from the topic of the investigation,” he further said on Trillanes’ allegations.

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III chimed in and cited the lack of basis in Trillanes’ allegations.

“We cannot react to unsubstantiated allegations. Maraming ganyan na klaseng balita sa internet. You give credence when you react,” he said.

Trillanes, however, shrugged off the negativity of his peers.

“That’s unfortunate. Aren’t they interested to know definitively that the son of the President, who is the architect of the blood war on drugs, is not a member of a drug smuggling syndicate?” he asked.

“The good thing is, the public saw the evasive demeanor of Paolo Duterte and could simply conclude that the allegations are true. As far as they’re concerned, kung walang tinatago o hindi tinatago, bakit ayaw ipakita ang tattoo at ayaw pumirma ng waiver,” Trillanes said.

The senator was referring to the alleged “colored and dragon-like” tattoo on Duterte’s back which supposedly is proof of his membership with the drug triad.

The President’s son confessed to having a tattoo on his back but refused, when asked by Trillanes, to show it or even have a picture of it taken to have it “decoded” by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).