SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday said that Sen. Richard Gordon should not terminate the probe into the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China until they have located “Tita Nanie.”
A certain “Tita Nanie” was the supposed connection of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to influence peddlers at the Bureau of Customs (BoC), among others.
“If Senator Gordon is really serious in getting to the bottom of this mess, then he shouldn’t terminate the hearing and clear (Davao City Vice Mayor) Paolo Duterte of involvement until Nanie Cabato-Coronacion a.k.a. Tita Nanie is located,” said Trillanes.
Gordon, chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee, has released a 52-page partial report on its probe into shabu smuggling.
“Suspected drug pushers and users are wantonly killed in the streets while the people behind the illegal drug smuggling are merely subjected to a lifestyle check. This is a clear case of a cover up by Senator Gordon to please his political master,” added Trillanes.
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In his report, Gordon hit Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for supposedly having a “cavalier” attitude towards a “serious case” such as the illegal shipment of shabu that slipped the BoC.
Gordon said “the Secretary of Justice has to do more in helping solve the problem of drugs.”
“It was disheartening to note that, in the hearing of 19th September, he seemed to have given up on this case – ‘patay na itong kasong ito,’ if your Chairman may paraphrase him,” the committee report read.
“Such cavalier treatment of a serious case, like this, is not becoming of a Justice Secretary,” it said.