Davao City exec tagged in 'tara' mess attends Senate probe

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Posted at Aug 31 2017 10:55 AM | Updated as of Aug 31 2017 01:04 PM

MANILA - A Davao City councilor accused of pocketing millions of pesos in grease money so that shipments with contraband could slip past port inspections attended Thursday a Senate inquiry into the controversy.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are investigating the failure of Customs personnel to stop the shipment of P6.4 billion worth of shabu into the country last May.

The Senate summoned Davao Councilor Nilo "Small" Abellera to the inquiry after businessman Mark Taguba, who brokered the delivery of the drug haul, claimed he had bribed the official to facilitate the release of earlier shipments.

Taguba said he gave Abellera P5 million for an initial "enrollment fee" and P10,000 for every container that passed port inspections.
 
Taguba added that he trusted Abellera and his middleman "Jack" on the assumption that they were close to the President's son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

 

Duterte has dismissed as "hearsay" the broker's statements and said he would not "dignify lies with a response."

President Rodrigo Duterte meanwhile earlier said he would resign if any of his children is proven corrupt.

Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and Taguba's father, Ruben, who allegedly introduced his son to Customs "fixers," both missed Thursday's hearing due to health reasons.

Watch a live streaming of the hearing here.