Mans Carpio admits to visiting Faeldon at BOC but…
Abogado Minutes Carpio admitted visiting ex-Customs Commissioner Nic Faeldon’s office but not to lobby for the smuggling operations of the “Davao Group.”
In his first appearance at the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, the presidential son in law told Senators he does not have any knowledge about the “tara system” in the BOC, much more about the Davao Group.
Carpio confessed to visiting the BOC to accompany and assist a client to press to then Commissioner Faeldon to order the use of the unutilized P250 million X-ray machines in Davao port to help curb smuggling activities.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV had accused Carpio of working for the “Davao Group” based on testimony by Customs broker Mark Taguba.
“I do not know Mark Ruben Taguba and have not met him. I am a lawyer by profession and my practice involves representing my clients in courts and other government institutions including the BOC. In fact, the case I’m working on in the BOC dates back to the administration of (former) Pres. (Benigno) Aquino (III),” he said.
“I am here before this committee to formally declare that I have no knowledge of or involvement in the illegal drugs shipment which is the subject matter of this inquiry and to assist the committee in whatever way I can as a resource person,” said the nephew of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.