Gordon defends Paolo Duterte's refusal to show back tattoo

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Posted at Sep 12 2017 08:37 PM

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MANILA - Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday said Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte was right in refusing to show his back tattoo during the Senate investigation even as Senator Antonio Trillanes alleged it would prove the president's son was part of a drug triad.

“That’s demeaning. You don’t let yourself be demeaned. If he has a lawyer, he would not let himself be demeaned," Gordon told ANC's Headstart.

"He could have asked for an executive session, and still he’s right: ‘I don’t want to do that? Why should I do that?’," he said.

Trillanes last week said President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son has a tattoo on his back which will prove that he is part of a "triad" or international crime syndicate.

He asked the younger Duterte to show the tattoo, allegedly of a "colored and dragon-like figure" but the vice mayor refused, invoking his right to privacy.

Gordon, chair of the Blue Ribbon committee investigating the P6.4-billion drug haul from China, said Trillanes did not file any intelligence report pertaining to his accusation against Paolo.