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‘Sacred cows’ protected in Gordon’s hearing on customs smuggling – Trillanes


There are “sacred cows” in the ongoing Senate Blue Ribbon Committe investigation on the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China.

Sen. Sonny Trillanes made the accusation against Sen. Dick Gordon, chair of blue ribbon panel due to his alleged refusal to summon some personalities linked to smuggling at the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Gordon has rejected Trillanes’ request to invite Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio to the public hearing despite the fact that their names cropped up repeatedly in the smuggling scandal at the BoC.

Gordon said he cannot use the testimony of BoC fixer Mark Taguba linking Duterte and Carpio to smuggling because Taguba cannot present evidence to prove his claim.

“Unang-una, that’s irrelevant and besides the point. Iyung mga resource persons diyan sa Senado pagka ininvite ng isang senador para lang makakuha ng information kahit ma-mention siya o hindi siya ma-mention,” Trillanes said.

“In fact, ‘yung mga Tita Nani din dun sa Customs wala namang reklamo (nung ipinatawag). Then, suddenly itong si Duterte at si Carpio ay haharangin,” he said.

Trillanes added, “So, alam mong may special treatment, may sacred cows dito sa Blue Ribbon Committee hearing ni Gordon.”

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