SUBMIT EVIDENCE, SWORN TESTIMONY FIRST - GORDON, ON CALLS TO REOPEN DRUG SMUGGLING PROBE
Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, is not likely to entertain calls for him to re-open the investigation into the smuggling of shabu through the Bureau of Customs after Presidential Son Paolo "Pulong" Duterte and former Presidential Economic Adviser Michael Yang were implicated in the drug case.
Gordon said, that is unless their accusers come to the Blue Ribbon Committee and submit sworn statements and evidence to bolster their allegations against President Rodrigo Durterte's family and friends.
"Hindi ko pwedeng buksang muli ang imbestigasyon at magsagawa ng hearing base lamang sa mga alegasyon. Magpapatawag lang ako ulit ng hearing kapag haharap sa min si Acierto at Alyas Bikoy at kapag nagsumite ng kanilang sinumpaang salaysay kakabit ang matitibay na ebidensya," he said.
Former PSSUPT Eduardo P. Acierto, who was implicated in the smuggling of shabu concealed inside magnetic lifters, has accused Yang of involvement in the illegal drugs operation in the country. Paolo, meanwhile, had been tagged by Alias Vicoy, whose video of him hiding his face behind a veil as he accused the presidential son of involvement in the illegal drugs case, went viral on social media.
"Hindi pwedeng, itatago mo lang ang mukha mo at gagawa ka ng alegasyon tapos iimbestigahin ko na. Lalo na ngayong election time. Kailangan humarap ka sa Blue Ribbon, magbigay ka ng sworn statement at magprisinta ka ng ebidensya. Yung kay Michael Yang, ang sinsabi ni Acierto lagi daw kasama ni Pangulong Duterte si Yang. May binigay siya dati na parang flow chart daw ng drug operations daw dito ng isang international drug ring pero wala naman siyang binigay na ebidensya," he pointed out.
The senator also noted that the opposition senators were given sufficient time during the hearings, to present their witnesses and evidence to prove their allegations against the First Family and their friends. However, they failed to do so.