Drilon suggests reopening drug probe vs Paolo Duterte
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019
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.
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.
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)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Two of President Rodrigo Duterte’s children will not be attending this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) slated on the afternoon of July 22 (Monday).
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and her brother, Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, in separate press statements, said they will be missing the event at the Batasang Pambansa.
Sara said she is on a 60-day medical leave.
“It’s a gyne (gynecological) condition,” she said in a text message to reporters.
Meanwhile, Baste said he would have to attend the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao.
The presidential son added he would just stay in the city and watch the event on television.
“Ako dili ko maka-attend ug SONA kay naa man gud tay session sa Tuesday ana so murag kapoy na pud nga mubalik pa ko ug sayo diri sa buntag so diri na lang ko, tan-aw na lang ko sa TV,” Baste said in a press briefing.
(I won’t be attending the SONA because we will have a session on Tuesday. It would be tiring for me to travel back to Davao early in the morning from Manila. So, I will just stay here, I’ll watch the event on TV.)
On the other hand, their eldest brother, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte is expected to be present at the ceremony as he will attend the opening of the regular session of the 18th Congress on the morning of July 22.
Last year, all members of the Duterte family were present during the gathering.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential son, Davao City 1st Representative Paolo Duterte on Thursday said the fight for the House speakership is far from over despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s endorsement of a term-sharing scheme between Congressmen Alan Peter Cayetano and Lord Allan Velasco.
In a message to reporters, the younger Duterte said no one has formally won the speakership race yet and an election would still be held on July 22 when the regular session of 18th Congress opens. This is also the day when President Duterte will deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address.
“May election pa sa July 22 at doon ako mas interesado, kung sino ang manalo. Kasi may bali-balita, may isa sa tatlo na balak mag coup d’etat on the day,” Duterte said.
“Mukhang hindi pa tapos ang laban para sa kanilang tatlo at sa mga backers,” he added.
The lawmaker did not name the speaker aspirant who might stage a coup d’etat during the House speakership election.
It was earlier reported that Cayetano will serve as speaker for 15 months, to be succeeded by Velasco for 21 months. Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, another speaker contender, will be the majority leader.
Aside from Cayetano, Velasco and Romualdez, other solons who have expressed interest in the position are Davao City Representative Isidro Ungab, Bayan Muna party-list Carlos Zarate and Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez.
Ungab has been nominated by regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, headed by Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Caprio while Zarate is the progressive Makabayan bloc’s bet.
When asked for comment, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it is still up to House members to choose their leader.
“In the ultimate analysis, the vote on the speaker would lie on the members of Congress. The only reason why the President gave that suggestion is because those or vying for it went to him and sought his wise suggestion to settle the row between and among them,” Panelo told reporters
He also believes that the president’s influence would remain unscathed even if lawmakers don’t vote for Cayetano as speaker.
“It’s not a reflection of the clout of the President. Because the President didn’t want to interfere in the first place, didn’t want to intrude. It’s them who somehow persuaded him to come in,” he said.
President Duterte earlier said the election of the speaker has resulted in a “bitter and fractious rivalry,” and that he decided to step into the speakership squabble “to save the unity of the alliance and avert its fragmentation.” (with details from Grace Casin and Rosalie Coz)
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has filed a bill seeking for a total ban of importation of wastes including recyclable materials.
Under Senate Bill No.18 or the “Waste Importation Ban Act of 2019”, those who will continue to import wastes will be meted out with fines or maybe imprisoned to up to 12 years.
Senator Drilon said he will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the bill as urgent.
“There are countries which already banned importation of waste— China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, India— so we look the laws there, and we will also examine certain practices in local government units which have led to a good waste management practice,” Drilon said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
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