Pimentel tells Trillanes to bring Duterte case to court, not Senate

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III made an appeal to the Senate to stop making a party regarding the ongoing investigation on the alleged undisclosed bank accounts or transactions of President Rodrigo Duterte, referring to the Senate resolution No. 602 filed by Duterte’s staunch critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, even if it calls for the inquiry to be made to be “in aid of legislation.
“If he really has the evidence, then he should bring an actual case in the proper body. The Senate is not the body for that,” Pimentel said.

Earlier, the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies was asked by Trillanes to investigate Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte if they violated RA 9160 “The amended Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA)” based on the bank documents showing undisclosed covered transactions, aiming to suggest legislative measures to promote efficient compliance with the AMLA and further improving the said law.

This proposal inquiry of Trillanes was acceded by Pimentel as part of legislative action and pointed out that Trillanes also did this against Presidential son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and Sara’s husband, Atty. Manases Carpio.

“But if this is part of just making this issue land in the news, then this should not be allowed.” Pimentel said.
“It will be a tragic waste of time by the Senate,” he added. Now, it’s the same thing against other members of the Duterte family,” he added.

Pimentel was referring in the alleged smuggling of the P6.4-billion worth of shabu from China, which involved Paolo and Carpio, claiming that they’re allegedly part of the influential Davao Group.

But this allegation of Trillanes remained unfounded after he they issued a denial before the Senate blue ribbon committee, where they testified to refute the lawmaker’s claims last year.


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Source:  politics.com.ph

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