Faeldon, in turn, claimed Lacson’s son Panfilo Jr. was engaged in smuggling billions of pesos worth of cement.
But Abella said these photos don’t hold enough weight. “I will not allow my client to be humiliated under such a silly circumstance”, Madrid said.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gestures during during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s probe on the smuggling of the P6.4-billion shabu from Xiamen, China.
Malacañang challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to prove his “drastic” claim that the president’s son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is a member of a Chinese criminal organization.
In a speech during the Social Security Service (SSS) anniversary on Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said there is nothing wrong in attending the Senate hearing, and advised them to “just tell the truth”.
“Those are very serious allegations”.
This was after Customs fixer Mark Taguba linked Duterte and Carpio in the so-called “Davao Group”, which allegedly asked for bribes to facilitate movement of shipments in the Bureau of Customs.
Police reject activists’ allegations that they are executing suspected drug users and dealers and say officers shoot only in self-defence.
He also called his presence “for the Filipno people and fellow Davaoeños whom I serve” but apologized because “I can not answer allegations based on hearsay”.
“My brother-in-law and I have been publicly crucified based on rumors and gossip”, Carpio told lawmakers in Manila on Thursday, also denying the allegations.
President Duterte previously advised both men to tell the truth, even as he said that his son can invoke his “right to silence”, according to a transcript of his remarks to reporters on September 3.
“I am here before this committee to formally declare that I have no knowledge of or involvement in the illegal drugs shipment which is the subject matter of this inquiry“, he added.