Taguba back under Senate custody

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2017 10:47 AM

MANILA - The Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday restored protective custody to fixer Mark Taguba, who had tagged President Duterte's son and in-law in the alleged corruption at the Bureau of Customs.

Senator Richard Gordon, who chairs the committee, stripped Taguba of protection last week after he linked the Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, Maneses Carpio to the "Davao Group," which allegedly released questionable shipments in exchange for grease money.

Gordon told Monday's hearing that his move "has nothing to do" with Taguba's accusations against the Duterte family.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia, he said, had pointed out that the government was spending for 4 to 6 security guards for Taguba, even though the fixer had the "means to provide himself with security."

Senator Panfilo Lacson manifested a motion for Taguba to "be given a new protective custody or protection by our Senate security."

No senator objected to his motion.

Gordon then said: "There is no problem to provide him, upon the request of Senator Lacson, to approve him the necessary security so long as the Senate can afford it."

Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio meanwhile have denied any involvement in the Davao Group.

ANC, 11 September 2017