The name of the President’s son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was brought up in the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the P6.4 billion shabu smuggled through the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Customs broker Mark Taguba dropped Vice Mayor Duterte’s name during Monday’s hearing at the House because rumors in the BOC swirled that the President’s son was involved in the transactions of a certain “Davao group” at the Customs bureau in Davao City.
Taguba added that Vice Mayor Duterte’s name is being name-dropped by individuals he earlier implicated in the corrupt activities of the customs bureau — a certain “Tita Nani,” “Jack,” and “Small.”
But the broker denied during the hearing having evidence and that he has never talked to Vice Mayor Duterte.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the sidelines of a ways and means committee hearing, panel chairman Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua said there was nothing conclusive about Taguba’s testimony Monday night.
Cua said Taguba only mentioned “vice mayor” and was not even sure if it was the President’s son.