MANILA - Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday said he believes that the supposed "Davao Group" linked to corruption in the Bureau of Customs really exists.
Similarly, he said a certain "Tita Nannie," a still unidentified fixer in the bureau, also exists.
In an interview with ANC's Headstart, Gordon said "Tita Nannie" must have been real, noting that according to the text messages presented by fixer Mark Taguba, "she speaks very good English, very polished, very educated."
The senator, who leads an investigation on the P6.4-billion drug haul from China, also said the "Davao Group" exists "in the sense that some people are [telling] people that they are very influential."
The group, supposedly operating from Davao, was allegedly led by President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and son-in-law, Atty. Manases Carpio. Both have denied the allegations.
Gordon said the group could be just "namedroppers" and "influence-peddlers" until they can prove the involvement of the president's son.
"Up to and until they can say ‘Ito ang binigay ko kay Paolo,’ Paolo goes out, doesn’t get anything," said Gordon.