PHL Senators Clash Over ₱6.4 billion Shabu Investigation

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine senators clashed over questioning the president’s son and son-in-law as part of the investigation into a drug shipment worth billions.

A customs broker said Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio were allegedly connected to a ₱6.4 billion shipment of shabu smuggled into the Philippines in May.

Duterte and Carpio are President Rodrigo Duterte’s son and son-in-law, respectively.

On Aug. 31, Senator Gordon said the two should only be questioned if there is evidence of their involvement.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV then said the investigative committee was protecting Duterte’s family and accused Gordon of “lawyering” for the two.

Gordon threatened to file an ethics complaint against Trillanes, saying he was “out of order” during the session.

SunStar Manila later reported Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the investigation will no longer look into Duterte and Carpio’s alleged connection to the smuggled drugs.