Pimentel says it’s a waste of Senate’s time to reopen Polong probe

Published April 6, 2019, 9:27 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Investigating anew the alleged links of presidential son Paolo Duterte to illegal drugs would only be a waste of the Senate’s time and resources, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Saturday.

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (SENATOR KOKO PIMENTEL / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel (SENATOR KOKO PIMENTEL / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pimentel has advised against the suggestions to reopen the probe on claims that the former Davao City vice mayor is involved in the drug trade.

He raised suspicion that the viral videos and its cited documents implicating Duterte with drugs might have been fabricated.

“Ang daming software ngayon, ang daming camera. Ang dali-daling gumawa ng dokumento, mag-attach ng signature sa digital file. Ang daling gumawa ng kwento,” Pimentel said in an interview over DWIZ.

“Huwag tayo masyadong pong maniwala as nakikita sa online,” he appealed.

For this reason, the administration bet said it would be impractical for the Upper Chamber to entertain proposals to investigate the claim, especially when he expected it to zero in on Duterte’s tattoo.

“Will we waste the Senate’s time and resources to investigate diyan? Sino naman a ng witnesses niyan? Tapos pag dating diyan alam mo na ang ending: ‘Yong tattoo sa likod ipakita’,” Pimentel said.

“Kahit ipakita mo’yan, mag-iinterpret pa tyo ng tattoo. Anong expertise natin sa pag-interpret ng tattoo? I mean, masyado na tayong nag-aaksaya po ng oras,” he noted.

Clarifying that he is not against any investigation, Pimentel said that the probe should be based on “logical” grounds worthy of government resources. Witnesses should also be credible, he said.

He said there might be a possibility that the release of the “real narco list” videos was related to the May 13 midterm elections.

However, he refused to speculate who may be behind the videos, despite President Duterte and his son accusing opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Trillanes earlier denied having a hand over the “real narco list” videos but lauding the makers for its “well-explained” accusations.

 
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