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Gordon not keen on inviting Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio in BOC probe: Taguba’s testimony hearsay

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Senator Richard Gordon remained non-committal on the matter of inviting to the Senate hearing Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law abogado Manases “Mans” Carpio to answer charges on their alleged involvement with the so-called “Davao Group.”

“Sa akin hearsay yung narinig ko,” Gordon said, referring to the testimony of customs broker Mark Taguba that Carpio and Vice Mayor Duterte is alleged to be part of the Davao Group.

In his continuing testimony before the blue ribbon committee, Taguba said he was given the impression by the alleged “handlers” of the vice mayor that the presidential son and Carpio were behind the Davao Group.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV moved for the issuance of invitations to the vice mayor and Carpio as well as their inclusion on the lifestyle check Gordon called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to undertake to all those supposedly involved in the shipment of the P6.4-billion smuggled shabu from China.

But when asked by reporters if they would eventually be invited, Gordon refused to issue a categorical statement.

“I don’t want to be distracted from the drugs issue. Once we finish this, we go back to the tara (system issue). Then maybe he (Trillanes) can put it there,” Gordon said, referring to Trillanes’ motion.

“I don’t impose any conditions. The moment he (Taguba) says ako, nakausap ko si Paolo at sinabi ko sa kanya tulungan mo ko at sinabi nya tutulungan kita, bibigyan kita ng pera, swak na yan. Eto sinabi lang, mga tao ito ni Paolo, Davao Group yan. Hindi tayo nag co-convict ng tao without evidence. We can ask them,” the senator said.

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