Fixer to show 'tara' matrix as Senate resumes shabu shipment probe

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Posted at Sep 19 2017 10:43 AM | Updated as of Sep 19 2017 12:35 PM

MANILA - Customs fixer Mark Taguba will present a matrix of the grease money or "tara" he allegedly handed to Customs officials in Tuesday's resumption of a Senate probe into the smuggling of a P6.4 billion drug shipment, Senator Panfilo Lacson said.

"Na-prepare na ni Mark Taguba iyung ipina-prepare ko sa kanya na matrix kung saan ija-juxtapose iyung mga SMS, withdrawal, payoff at lahat," Lacson told DZMM ahead of the 9 a.m. hearing.

"May petsa, mga kaukulang dokumento para ipakita na talagang nagbayad siya. Mamaya, iyun ang kanyang ipapakita," he added.

Taguba, he said, has also submitted copies of alert orders on shipments, which were mostly lifted within a day after he handed bribe money.

Taguba brokered the delivery of a shipment allegedly containing 600 kilos of shabu that was eventually found in a Valenzuela City warehouse last May.

The fixer has since accused Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte, his brother-in-law Atty. Maneses Carpio and several officials of facilitating corruption at the Bureau of Customs -- an allegation they have repeatedly denied.

Watch a live streaming of the Senate hearing here.