MANILA - Lawyer Manases "Mans" Carpio, whose name was dragged into an alleged "Davao Group" involved in corruption in the Bureau of Customs, admitted going to the office of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in behalf of his client.
During a Senate probe Thursday, Carpio said he was there to bring the case of his client, a certain Mr. Reta, who sought help regarding an alleged anomaly in the Davao Port.
"I went to Mr. [Nicanor] Faeldon to explain to him -- kasi bago lang siyang nakaupo noon -- the details. Kasi I dont think he is familiar," said Carpio, husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
According to the lawyer, Mr. Reta was alerted about a certain shipment that was declared as construction materials that entered the Davao Port.
Carpio said his client wanted the shipment checked but it slipped past the designated examination area, allegedly allowed by Customs officials in the city.
"Hindi na-check, hindi na-strip, hindi na-open. Pinalabas po ng Customs officials sa Davao. Naging crusade na ni Mr. Reta na i-expose itong anomaly sa Davao," he said.
The lawyer said Mr. Reta went to him because he does not know anyone from Davao that could help him in this "crusade." His client, said Carpio, does not want the image of Davao to be ruined.
The crusade of Mr. Reta, said Carpio, focuses on the use of x-ray machines in the Davao Port. The lawyer said the case of his client has already reached the Supreme Court.
Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon already admitted having a professional meeting with Carpio in his office. He denied that Carpio asked any favor from him.
Carpio had to attend the Senate probe into the P6.4 billion shabu shipment after he was name-dropped by fixer Mark Taguba who later on clarified what he said was based on hearsay only.