Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte yesterday shrugged off reports that linked him to the irregularities and corruption issues faced by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) which is now the subject of a House inquiry.
Paolo’s name came up on Monday’s inquiry being conducted by the House committee on the P6.4-billion worth of illegal drugs-shabu illegally transported into the country.
Customs broker Mark Taguba said individuals he referred to as “Tita Nani”, “Jack” and “Small” have received bribe money from him allegedly in the amount of P27,000 and they have name-dropped the name of Paolo, the eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Taguba admitted that his testimony against me was based entirely on rumors. Why would we entertain or believe a hearsay? One does not dignify lies with a response,” Paolo said in a statement.
Taguba earlier brought up the younger Duterte’s name as part of the “Davao Group” involved in BOC transactions, although he admitted he has never met the vice mayor and has never talked to him before.
Taguba also clarified this was only a rumor without concrete evidence. Lovely A. Carillo