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Drilon suggests reopening drug probe vs Paolo Duterte

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

(L-R) Presidential son, Paolo Duterte and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon believes the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee should resume its investigation on illegal drugs amid fresh allegations against former Davao City vice mayor and presidential son, Paolo Duterte.

Drilon made the statement after a video linking the younger Duterte to the illegal drug trade circulated online.

“It is best that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resume its investigation in order that those named in the video, particularly Mr. Duterte and [Agriculture] Undersecretary [Waldo] Carpio can clear their names,” Drilon told reporters at a Kapihan forum in the Senate.

On Tuesday (April 2), a video titled “Ang Totoong Narcolist-Episode 1” which supposedly details Paolo’s links to the narcotics trade made rounds on social media.

In the six-minute video, a narrator showed a “tara” or the list of principals and their monthly kickbacks that were deposited in the alleged drug lords’ bank accounts.

The list also contains their code names, including “POLODELTA-TSG01,” which the narrator claimed referred to Paolo Duterte as represented by his initials.

The video also tagged Waldo Reyes Carpio as the owner of the said bank accounts used as Duterte’s dummy in the drug transaction.

Waldo Reyes Carpio is an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture and the brother of Atty. Manases Carpio, Paolo’s brother-in-law and husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

A certain “Bikoy” who claimed to be a member of the drug syndicate appeared in the video and made the accusations against Duterte and Carpio.

Duterte on Wednesday lashed out on a certain “J.S.” whom he alleged as the one behind the video circulating online.

“POLO DELTA – PAOLO DUTERTE? WOW ha kung makaimbento ka wagas. Galit ka kay Waldo (Carpio) kasi binabara niya lahat ng smuggling mo ng bigas at asukal diba J.S.,” Duterte wrote on his Facebook account.

He also belied the allegations, calling it baseless and the list invented. He also said the accuser was just trying to copy the claims previously made by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

READ: Paolo Duterte denies receiving kickbacks from drug syndicates

Drilon said the probe would clear up details and provide an avenue for Duterte and Carpio to disprove the allegations against them.

“Sino ba si J.S.? May ebidensya ba or dokumento ba si JS?” he asked.

“The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will provide him [Duterte] with the opportunity to disprove all of these allegations which to him are invented and unfounded,” Drilon added.

The Senate panel conducted a hearing in 2017 on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Customs Broker Mark Taguba had alleged that Paolo and his brother-in-law Lawyer Manases Carpio were behind the Davao group that facilitated smuggling in the BOC.

Duterte had denied involvement in the drug smuggling. He also refused to show the alleged tattoo on his back, which Trillanes claimed will prove his being a member of “triad” or international crime syndicate.

Duterte had filed libel cases against Trillanes for making such claims.

READ: Paolo Duterte slaps libel raps vs Trillanes

In a new statement, Duterte vowed to file more charges against the opposition Senator, whom he believes is among those behind the fresh drug claims against him.

“He may deny it, but the video supposedly showing my involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country has been clearly stamped with the indelible Trillanes signature of being a desperate mercenary, one who has done nothing good but attack the government,” he said.

“I have filed cases against Mr. Trillanes for ruining my name. I will file another string of cases for his continued attempts to destroy my reputation,” he added.

He also dared Trillanes anew to show proof of his allegations against him.

“And no, I will not show the tattoo on my back and make things easier for Mr. Trillanes. Instead, I dare him and everyone behind the stupid and empty video exposé to back their claims against me,” Duterte said.

“If there’s anything admirable about Mr. Antonio Trillanes, it is his relentlessness and talent to turn the absurd into something ridiculous, if not bizarrely entertaining,” he said. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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Names that stand out in House speakership race of the 18th Congress

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: House of Representatives (UNTV News)

The names of Lord Allan Velasco, Martin Romualdez, Alan Peter Cayetano and Pantaleon Alvarez have been floating to be the next leader in the House of Representatives (HOR).

Both Romualdez and Velasco were endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the campaign rallies of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, purportedly wants Cayetano to hold the reigns in the House.

And Alvarez, the first choice of the President to lead the last Congress, is making a return.

But now that former Senator Loren Legarda and Presidential son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte had been proclaimed winners in their districts, the list of possible Speaker of the House has gotten longer.

According to PDP-Laban campaign manager, Senator Manny Pacquiao, they will still wait until the proclamation of all the winners in the midterm elections has been completed before they set a meeting with the party to select the next House Speaker and Senate President.

“We still have to deliberate on that, but we need to finish the proclamation first before we discuss the talks for Senate President. It will be an internal discussion,” said Pacquiao.

So far, Mayor Duterte who sits as the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Regional Party head is yet to announce her chosen one.

In one of her earlier statements, Sara said that she will support anyone as long as that person supports her father.

“So walay choice of one but ang ginatan-aw namu kung kinsa and supporter ni President Duterte [there is no choice of one but what we are looking for is who among them supports President Duterte] because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President,” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Liberal Party secretary general Congressman Kit Belmonte said that dictatorship is expected to remain in the lower chamber especially now that there is only 18 of them who made it in the elections.Our last count is 18 representatives so far – not much different from our numbers in the current Congress. Which means you can expect the same tyranny from the supermajority,” Belmonte said.

The newly elected members of the House of Representatives will begin their term on June 30. (with reports from Grace Casin) /mbmf

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Duterte siblings proclaimed winners in Davao polls

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

(L-R) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and Sebastian “Baste” Duterte | Courtesy : Respective Facebook accounts

Three of President Rodrigo Duterte’s children were proclaimed as winners of the 2019 midterm elections in Davao City.

Based on the report of UNTV News and Rescue’s C-NEWS correspondent, Janice Ingente on Wednesday, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will serve another term following her landslide victory.

She garnered 580,058 votes in the mayoral race while her sole opponent, independent candidate Jun Marcellones only got 4,262 based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tally.

Sara will serve along with her brother, Sebastian “Baste” Duterte who ran unopposed as vice mayor.

Meanwhile, their eldest brother, former vice mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte secured a seat in the House of Representatives representing the first district of the city. He got 197,024 votes against his rivals, independent candidates Rex Labis and Susan Uyanguren who garnered 2,121 and 5,118 votes, respectively.

The three siblings were proclaimed at past 8 p.m. on Tuesday. However, they were not present during the proclamation and their lawyers received their certificates of canvass on their behalf.

In a Facebook post, Paolo expressed his gratitude for those who supported and believed in him.

“Sa mga katawhan sa unang distrito sa Davao, dako akong pasalamat sa inyong pagpili kanako isip inyong representante sa Kongreso,” he said in a visayan dialect.

(To the people of the first District of Davao, thank you very much for choosing me as your representative to the Congress)

“I am truly humbled and at the same time honored for your trust and support in me,” he added.

Sa mga katawhan sa unang distrito sa Davao, dako akong pasalamat sa inyong pagpili kanako isip inyong representante sa…

Posted by Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – Official on Tuesday, 14 May 2019

He also thanked his family, friends and volunteers who helped him win his bid for a congressional seat.

“Dako sab akong pasalamat sa mga volunteers, sa akong mga higala, ug sa akong pamilya sa ilang dedikasyon ug kakugi aron iduso ang ating tinguha nga makatabang kita sa kalambuan sa unang distrito sa atong mahal nga siyudad,” he said.

(I would also like to thank our volunteers, my friends, and my family for their dedication and determination to push for our goal to help in improving the city’s first district)

“Makalaom kamo nga ako dili lamang inyong tingog ug kusog sa Kongreso kundili kaabaga usab ni President Rody Duterte aron makab-ot niini ang iyang mga plano ug pangandoy para sa nasud,” he added.

(You can be assured that I will not only serve as your voice in Congress but also a helping shoulder for President Rody Duterte in order to realize his plans and dreams for the nation)

It would be the first in Congress for Paolo, who quit his vice mayoral post in 2017 after his name was implicated in a Senate inquiry on the smuggling of illegal drugs in the country.

While this will be the third and last term for Sara, it would be the first time for her brother Sebastian to join the political arena.

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Alleged plotters refute Malacañang’s oust Duterte matrix

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presented the new matrix of alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party, the Magdalo group and other organizations seeking to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition groups and individuals who were accused as plotters to oust President Rodrigo Duterte have denied the latest allegation floated by Malacañang several days before the May 13 midterm elections.

Citing supposed intelligence information, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday presented a new diagram showing the purported conspiracy between the Liberal Party (LP), Magdalo group and other organizations and individuals to “discredit the administration and to boost the candidacy of the opposition.”

READ: Palace shows new diagram on Magdalo, Liberal party ‘conspiracy’ to oust Duterte

“This is the nth time that the administration, when confronted with controversy, falsely accuses the LP of being involved in ouster plots. Gawa-gawa lang yan (that’s just fabricated),” said LP president Sen. Francis Pangilinan in a message to reporters.

“Ang hindi gawa-gawa na dapat nilang ipaliwanag ay bakit walang nahuhuli na mga drug lord o pinaparusahan na opisyal ng Customs sa paulit-ulit na pagpuslit ng toneladang shabu sa BoC,” he added. 

Edwin Lacierda, a spokesman of former President Benigno Aquino III, also dismissed as fabricated a matrix released by Malacañang.

Lacierda said, “a Grade School Matrix does not an evidence make.”

“This government seemed to have discovered a new technology called The Grade School Matrix as this is the third time this government employed a matrix to refute charges against them,” he said in a message.

He believes his name could have been linked to the alleged ouster plot because he is an “active liker” of Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano, a senatorial candidate of opposition slate ‘Otso Diretso’.

“If that is true, this government has all abandoned its sanity. it is also curious to note that Sec Panelo has distanced himself from the Grade School Matrix,” Lacierda said.

“I have no involvement whatsoever with the Bikoy video,” he added, referring to the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series shared online.

VERA Files president Ellen Tordesillas also denied any involvement, calling Malacañang’s matrix an ‘imagined’ destabilization effort.

“I deny allegations by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo linking me to any imagined destabilization efforts against the administration,” she said.

“I challenge him to present evidence, not just silly diagrams,” she added.

Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes, a vocal critic of Duterte, listed the issues against the President as he refuted claims that the Magdalo group was discrediting the administration.

“Si Duterte ang nagpapatay ng libu-libong Pilipino; may bilyun-bilyon pisong tagong yaman; gumigiba sa mga democratic institutions; minumura ang Diyos; at nag iimbento ng mga akusasyon sa mga kritiko niya; tapos kami ang nagdi-discredit?” Trillanes said in a statement.

“May pa matrix-matrix ka pa na nalalaman, umayos ka nga Mr. Panelo,” he added. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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