Presidential son, son-in-law
file civil case vs Trillanes
DAVAO CITY -- Presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte
and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, on Wednesday filed a civil
case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for involving them into the PHP6.4
billion worth of shabu shipment smuggling issue at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The two filed the case at the Office of the Clerk of Court on December 27
and was electronically raffled to Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 15 under
the sala of Judge Mario Duaves.
RTC Branch 15 clerk of court lawyer Kaiser Kate Narciso, however, begged off
to show the complaints, saying only the involved parties are allowed to
access the documents.
“That is the policy of the court,” she said.
Narciso said she could not further give information about the case filed by
the vice mayor and Carpio against Trillanes
To recall, Duterte and Carpio were dragged into the alleged smuggling and
corruption at the BOC. Both attended the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon
Committee on September 7 to air their side, although, during the hearing,
they invoked their right to silence.The PHP6.4 billion shabu shipment from
China, which slipped through the BOC, was later seized in Valenzuela City.
The vice mayor, who has tendered his resignation as vice mayor on Monday, is
on leave until December 31. This is expected to be extended until President
Rodrigo Duterte will accept his resignation.
In his earlier statement, Carpio admitted having visited BOC because he
represents many clients who have transactions with the agency.
He said, “Senator Trillanes is imputing malice in saying that my appearance
before the BOC is because of smuggling. He is just a desperate rumor-monger
who happens to be a senator.”
Also dragged into the controversy was Councilor Nilo “Small” Abellera Jr by
Customs broker, "fixer" and witness Mark Taguba as a member of the so-called
“Davao Group” that allegedly facilitated the release of the illegal