The FENIX Files, Philippines (November 7, 2017) – Pinaiimbistigahan na ng tanggapan ng Ombudsman ang kontrobersyal na smuggling ng P6.4 billion halaga ng naipuslit na shabu sa Bureau of Customs mula sa China, ito’y kasunod ng mga isinagawang imbistigasyon ng Kamara at Senado.
Batay sa statement na inilabas ng Office of the OMBUDSMAN ngayong araw November 7, 2017 ay bumuo ang kanilang tanggapan ng isang panel upang isagawa ang fact-finding investigation sa umanoy anomalya sa pagkakapuslit ng P6.4 billion halaga ng Methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu,” sa pamamagitan ng green lane sa Bureau of Customs. Ang nasabing smuggling ng droga diumano ay pinalusot ng mga public officials na magugunitang kinilala ng Customs broker na si Mark Ruben Taguba II. Read: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph/index.php?home=1&pressId=MTIxMw==
Samantalang sa hiwalay na ulat naman ng Philippine Daily inquirer ay iniulat nito na ang tanggapan ni Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ay naglabas ng kautusan noong October 13, ito ay ang Office Order No. 765 na nag-aatas sa isang Special Fact-Finding team na imbestigahan ang kontrobersyal na smuggling ng shabu shipment na pinalusot sa Bureau of Customs (BOC) mula sa bansang China.
Ayon sa report, sa direktiba ni Morales ay inaatasan ang Special Fact-Finding panel sa loob ng 90 araw para makapag-sumite ng report o rekomendasyon.
Ang ombudsman fact-finding team ay inatasan din na isama sa mga batayan ng imbistigasyon ang committee reports ng Kongreso hingil sa nasabing isyu, kabilang na ang rekomendasyon sa planong pagbuwag sa tanggapan ng Bureau of Customs, at ang maaaring maging pananagutan ng dating BOC Chief Nicanor Faeldon sa usapin ng graft, planting of evidence at bungling of evidence.
Sa kabilang dako, sanhi ng isinagawang imbistigasyon ng Senado tungkol sa smuggling ng P6.4 billion shabu shipment ay nadawit ang mga pangalan nina presidential son at Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte at asawa ni Davao City Mayor Sara na si Atty. Mans Carpio dahil sa umano’y involvement ng mga ito sa Davao Group na sinasabing siyang nag-impluwensya sa BOC para makalusot ang nasabing kontrobersyal na shipment ng droga.
Matatandaan na inihayag ni Customs fixer Mark Taguba II sa pagdinig ng Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, na ang Davao Group ang siya umanong nag facilitate ng smuggling sa Bureau of Customs kapalit ng milyong pisong halaga ng corruption money.
Link: Who are Mans Carpio and Paolo Duterte connected to?
Here are the cast of characters as they relate to presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio in the shabu smuggling controversy
Paolo “Pulong” Duterte
Paolo is the eldest son of President Duterte. His name was first mentioned in the scandal by Mark Taguba, a Customs fixer who admitted to bribery. Taguba said a certain “Tita Nanie” introduced him to the Davao Group, which has helped him clear shipments at the bureau and which Paolo is allegedly linked to.
In a text message to Taguba dated January 11, she mentions the links of the group to Paolo Duterte.
“Good am Marc will make final arrangement with Jack. He is the handler of Paolo. Now we have to advance the [money] so he can fly down to Davao to arrange your meeting with Pulong asap. During the meeting, you personally turn over the 5 million. Same manner you likewise turn over the [money] to Jack when we meet.”
Pulong was also earlier linked to a shipment of shabu from China by former Davao policeman Arthur Lascañas. Paolo is the current vice mayor of Davao City.
Manases “Mans” Carpio
Mans is the son-in-law of President Duterte. He is married to the Davao City Mayor and the President’s daughter, Sara.
Senator Trillanes and BOC official Neil Estrella claimed Mans visited the office of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon 5 times. Taguba also mentioned Mans in text messages to a certain Tita Nanie, in the context of calling him for help in clearing shipments.
Trillanes claimed Mans Carpio was also involved in smuggling, together with Paolo Duterte, both allegedly part of the so-called Davao Group that has close ties to the BOC.
Taguba is the Customs fixer linked to the P6.4-billion shabu shipment. Taguba claimed he was just dragged into the issue, as he did not know the shipment contained illegal drugs.
After mentioning Mans Carpio and Paolo Duterte in Senate hearings and in text messages to Tita Nanie as being part of the Davao Group, Taguba has since denied that both were involved in corruption in the BOC.
Taguba said the inclusion of the two relatives of President Duterte in the issue was just “hearsay” because he never met them.
In March, former Davao cop Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas said that a certain Davao-based “Charlie Tan”, whom Paolo had met in China, asked that he insert “souvenirs” in the container van that the vice mayor was going to ship to Davao City anyway. Paolo Duterte then suspected that drugs – shabu in particular – had been inserted in the container van, Lascañas said.
Tan was supposed to have been arrested on the spot after the van was to be opened, but according to Lascañas, Paolo instead called him up and said he would take care of Tan himself. (READ: Lascañas: Duterte son protected alleged drug lord)
Tan was also mentioned in Senator Ping Lacon’s privilege speech on Customs corruption. Tan was among those named as alleged bribe givers or “players” at the BOC.
Former Davao policeman Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas earlier linked Paolo Duterte to a shipment of illegal drugs to Davao City in 2010. In a Senate hearing last March, he confirmed the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) after initially denying it. He also claimed to have been among the founding members of the DDS.
It was Tita Nanie who introduced Mark Taguba to the Davao Group, which consists of a certain “Jack”, who, she told Taguba, is the handler of Pulong. Taguba said he does not know Tita Nanie’s full name, but according to phone records it could be a certain “Nanie Cabato”.
Tita Nanie has yet to be tracked down, but appears to be very well connected in the BOC.
Nilo “Small” Abellera Jr.
Abellera is a Davao City councilor, and is said to be part of the Davao Group. He is friends with Pulong Duterte, and had admitted to meeting Mark Taguba through Jack.
Abellera said during their brief discussion, Jack asked for help to set a meeting between Paolo Duterte and a “customs broker.” In the middle of the meeting, Abellera said Jack introduced him to Taguba. Abellera claimed he didn’t grant the request and that this was his only interaction with Taguba. Abellera also denied knowledge of any “Davao Group” and denied being part of it.
But Taguba maintained he paid Abellera P5 million as an enrollment fee, for the group to help him clear his shipments. Abellera denied receiving money.
Jack is said to be the handler of Pulong Duterte. Mark Taguba testified that Jack introduced him to Nilo Abellera. Neither Taguba nor Abellera could say what Jack’s full name is.
Taguba said Jack would fly weekly to Manila to get money from him, depending on the amount of containers involved. On average, he would get P1 million.
LINK PHOTOS: Paolo Duterte and ‘friend, drinking buddy’ Charlie Tan
Sa panahong isinasagawa ng Senado ang imbistigasyon ay ipinakita ni Senador Antonio Trillanes IV ang mga larawan ni Presidential Son Paolo Duterte kasama ang “drinking buddy nito na si Charlie Tan.
Sa mga larawan ay makikita si Paolo Duterte at Charlie Tan, kasama ang kanilang mga kaibigan habang nagkakasayahan, kabilang din ang larawan ni Tan at ang Ama ni Paolo na si President Rodrigo Duterte. Isa sa mga larawan ay kuha sa Rizal Shrine sa Jinjiang, China.
TIES. Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte admits that Charlie Tan, alleged smuggler, is his ‘friend and kainuman.’ All photos from office of Senator Trillanes