September 22, 2017, 5:54 pm
Facebook iconTwitter iconYouTube iconGoogle+ icon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07205 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19737 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03473 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33883 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02472 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03508 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03924 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.60624 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03223 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0074 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.03414 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02647 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13537 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06149 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26104 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20051 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 392.78006 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03919 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02419 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01905 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.25231 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12921 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 57.14342 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.22072 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81263 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42857 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49225 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12231 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92211 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19774 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25715 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34589 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45831 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01644 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03953 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01454 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01447 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08679 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87895 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 174.63213 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14311 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.97705 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15314 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45756 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12286 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19973 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.08986 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 260.48656 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0688 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27132 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.89582 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 658.62271 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10712 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.56229 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01388 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20489 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02178 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.3433 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.4585 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.05435 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.65745 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.18972 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00592 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01609 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67785 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 162.84088 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.53698 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99588 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.29351 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26015 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05981 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01217 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02654 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18329 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34501 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.00647 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.68236 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.14597 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15773 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0826 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65097 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30135 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.05376 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34969 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08232 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2598 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.92564 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58623 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15332 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01197 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02683 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00755 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06369 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06268 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06494 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07028 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.25171 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07269 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0755 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13354 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.2576 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07357 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15204 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2669 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13067 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15655 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02649 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01455 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43567 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.14538 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.928 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 402.77613 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17167 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.10359 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2598 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64921 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04791 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0432 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06876 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13239 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59217 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.90818 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51422 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.57092 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56582 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.34804 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19569 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 445.73278 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0155 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04907 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.773 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05297 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.75142 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.95017 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.90386 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25991 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 101.81479 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.10025 Zimbabwe dollar

Duterte, Carpio deny links to drug smuggling

PRESIDENTIAL son and Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio yesterday denied any involvement in the P6.4 billion shabu shipment and the “tara (grease money) system” at the Bureau of Customs.

At the resumption of Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the smuggling of illegal drugs, the younger Duterte and Carpio said they would not answer allegations based on hearsay.

“Once and for all, I now have the time to deny any and all baseless allegations thrown against me,” said the younger Duterte, adding that he complied with the invitation as a “gesture of respect” for the Senate.

 “My presence here is for the Filipino people and to my fellow Davaoeños whom I serve...I cannot answer  allegations based on hearsay,” Vice Mayor Duterte said.

Carpio, husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, also read out his prepared speech denying his involvement in the shabu shipment.

He also denied knowing Customs “player” Mark Ruben Taguba II.

“I am here before this committee to formally declare that I have no knowledge of or involvement in the illegal drugs shipment which is the subject matter of this inquiry, and to assist this committee in whatever way I can as a resource person,” Carpio said.

 “Me and my brother-in-law have been publicly crucified based on rumors and gossips,” he said.

Denying that he had met Taguba, Carpio said he is a lawyer by profession “and my practice involves representing my clients in courts and other government institutions including the BOC.”

He said the case he is working on in the BOC dates back to the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.

The names of Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio cropped up when Taguba testified on exchanges of text messages with a certain “Tita Nanie” whom he described as a member of the so-called Davao group.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV insisted on their attendance, saying he would let the public judge them.

Before the young Duterte and Carpio read their statements, Trillanes gave a PowerPoint presentation of pictures of Duterte with, among others, Kenneth Dong, the alleged middleman in the shabu shipment; Charlie Tan, who was described by Sen. Panfilo Lacson in his privilege speech as a member of the Davao Group; and Davao City Councilor Nilo Abellera, who was also named by Taguba as part of the Davao Group.

It was an attempt on the part of Trillanes to link the presidential kin to shabu smuggling but Taguba, the primary witness, admitted to the committee that he is not convinced that the duo were involved in the so-called Davao group.

Taguba, who recently issued a statement clearing Duterte and Carpio of any involvement in the BOC anomaly, said during the hearing that claims about the two’s connection with the so-called Davao group were just hearsay.

“I think they are not (members of Davao Group). They are just saying that,” Taguba said when asked by Sen. Manny Pacquiao if Duterte and Carpio are members of the Davao Group.

Taguba said it was only “Tita Nanie” and “Jack” who mentioned Duterte and Carpio and introduced themselves as members of the Davao group. The two also arranged the supposed meeting between him and Abellera.

Trillanes also tried to link Vice Mayor Duterte to a “Triad,” an international syndicate involved in various criminal activities, including drug smuggling, in Macau, Hong Kong and China.

The senator said he obtained information from a foreign country that the young Duterte has a dragon-like tattoo at the back which proves his membership with the Triad. He said it has sacred digits and can be decoded by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

While Duterte admitted he has a tattoo, he refused to accede to the senator’s request to show it, invoking his right to privacy.

Asked by Trillanes if he would allow a photograph to be taken of the tattoo and sent to the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency to decode secret digits, Duterte said: “No way.”

He refused to respond to questions about his bank accounts, calling them “irrelevant.”

Committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon then reminded his colleagues to be careful with their allegations and refrain from abusing the witnesses.

“The Chair would like to request respectfully that we should not make allegations here without any basis because triad is a very serious allegation and we should not abuse any of the witnesses here,” Gordon said, as he asked Trillanes to “stop editorializing.”

Trillanes also presented a list of bank accounts from different banks which according to him belong to the vice mayor and Carpio but the two invoked their right to privacy.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III then asked Trillanes to focus on the subject of the investigation which is the “tara system” at the BOC and the shabu shipment.

Rainier Madrid, legal counsel of the vice mayor, said Trillanes is on a fishing expedition and has been using lies to manipulate people’s perception.

 “That is Trillanes’ propaganda.  He failed to hit President Rodrigo Duterte before.  Now, he is hitting him through his son via black propaganda,” Madrid said.

Madrid added that they don’t want to engage Trillanes in his propaganda game because the senator has a different agenda.

As for the tattoo, the lawyer said he was the one who advised the younger Duterte not to show the tattoo even if the latter wanted to.

Madrid said he cannot allow his client to be exposed under silly circumstances noting that the senator was only fishing for information.

“He (Trillanes) is not accusing, he is fishing, he is fishing for information because he doesn’t have information,” he added.

Meanwhile, former BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon was cited in contempt after he failed to attend yesterday’s hearing.

Gordon said Faeldon should attend Monday’s hearing or face detention at the Senate.

Earlier, Faeldon sent a letter to the committee saying he has no faith in the supposed “impartiality” of some senators.

He said his absence is “not to defy the Senate as an institution” but rather, “a way of protesting.”

 “I continue to have the highest respect for the Senate as an institution but I no longer have faith in the impartiality of some of its members who have lied to malign me and other innocent resource persons,” Faeldon said.

Nevertheless, Faeldon signed a waiver on his bank accounts, including that of his relatives.

The committee also invited Tan to the next hearing, upon the motion of Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV.

The young Duterte said Tan, a Davao-based businessman, is his friend but said he has no knowledge about the trader’s operations at the BOC.

Duterte said what he knows so far about Tan is that the latter owns a bar, a piggery, and a seafood business in Palawan.

Aquino asked Duterte if he thinks Tan possibly had involvement in the massive smuggling and corruption in the Customs.

Duterte answered: “Your honor, I think Charlie Tan can best answer that question.”

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo echoed the statement of the Vice Mayor’s camp that Trillanes is now hitting President Duterte through his son and son-in-law because the senator failed to take him down since the campaign.

Panelo even called Trillanes a “walking nonsense” and described him as the “epitome of falsehood.”

He said the ethics complaint against Trillanes had long been coming.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the allegation of Trillanes that Vice Mayor Duterte is part of a triad is “pretty drastic” and are “serious allegations” that should be backed up by substantial evidence. – With Jocelyn Montemayor and Reuters
Category: 
Rating: 
No votes yet

Column of the Day

Barbaric fraternities (2)

By DAHLI ASPILLERA | September 22,2017
‘An added crime of the guilty is their scheme to plant the death of Atio to the police tokhang. Only asinine paranoid oppositionists believe all sidewalk killings are the Administration’s.’

Opinion of the Day

Conspiracy

By DODY LACUNA | September 22, 2017
‘Of course, the dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law knew hazing was taking place.’