Trillanes’ motion to summon Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio sparks tension


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday moved to summon Davao City Vice Mayor and presidential son Paolo Duterte and his sister’s husband Mans Carpio to the senate hearing on the shipment of the P6.4 billion-worth of smuggled shabu from China.

According to Trillanes, the presence of Duterte and Carpio is imperative after Customs broker Mark Taguba accused the two for being part of the so-called “Davao Group” which facilitated the drug shipment.

But Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the blue ribbon committee, opposed Trillanes’ motion. He said the witness should first present solid evidence before they could invite Duterte and Carpio in the next hearings.

Tension rose between the two senators when Trillanes called the blue ribbon committee a “committee de abswelto.”

Gordon promptly reacted to Trillanes’ tirade, and said he would file a complaint before the ethics committee against the senator.

Meanwhile, former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon admitted to meeting with Carpio when the attorney represented a Mr. Reta who had a case against the BOC.

He said his meeting with the lawyer does not involve any dealings as an alleged co-leader of the Davao Group.