SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday accused Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of being a member of the triad, saying the presidential son's membership in the syndicate is "printed in his tattoo" on his back.
Trillanes made the revelation the Senate investigation into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China.
Duterte and his brother-law-law, Manases "Mans" Carpio, appeared at the Senate hearing upon the invitation of the Senate blue ribbon committee.
During the hearing, Trillanes asked the eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte if he has tattoo on his back.
"Meron ka bang tattoo sa likod mo?" Trillanes asked.
Duterte answered in the affirmative, "Meron po, Mr. Chair."
Trillanes then described Duterte's tattoo as "colored and dragon-like figure."
"Yung tattoo mo sa likod, I can imagine it’s a colored and dragon-like figure tattoo. Am I correct?" Trillanes further asked, but Duterte refused to answer as he invoked his right to privacy.
However, Duterte also refused to heed Trillanes' request to show his tattoo to the committee as he invoked his right to privacy.
Trillanes said he received information from a foreign country that the presidential son is a member of a triad involved in organized crime.
"Itong intelligence information na ito ay binigay sakin ng isang foreign country na sinasabi ay itong si Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte ay member ng triad. Ang proof ng kanyang membership ay tatoo sa likod," Trillanes said. "Yan ang mageexplain ng lahat ng ito at merong mga competition among syndicates."
Senator Richard Gordon interjected and warned Trillanes against making baseless allegations against any resource person.
"Be very careful as everybody has rights here," Gordon said.
In an opening statement, Duterte said he attended the hearing out of "respect" for the Senate as an institution.
He, however, apologized to the Senate and said he cannot answer questions based on hearsay.
"I am very sorry but I cannot answer allegations based on hearsay," he said.
Duterte concluded his statement by saying that "karma" will operate to those with ill-motive.
"The law of karma will operate especially to those with evil content," said the vice mayor.
Duterte is being alleged by Customs fixer Mark Taguba II of giving grease money to for the fast facilitation of illegal shipments, as claimed by the alleged members of the Davao group identified as "Tita Nannie" and "Jack." (SunStar Philippines)