MANILA – Malacañang on Friday cautioned against “baseless claims” of criminal involvement against Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio.
This after Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accused President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son of being a member of a triad with ties to illegal drugs.
While he did not directly identify Trillanes, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella cautioned against a “particular one who made baseless claims of purported bank accounts and body markings” against the President’s son.
“These tactics have been foisted on [the] public and media time and again and the only way to stop this is to demand proof from anyone making baseless claims,” Abella said.
At a Senate hearing on Thursday, Trillanes had claimed that the Vice Mayor was a member of a Chinese triad, citing a purported back tattoo.
Trillanes also showed before the Senate bank accounts allegedly owned by the vice mayor and Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, the President's daughter.
Abella thanked the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee for giving both Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio "the chance to debunk baseless allegations."