Lawyer Hits Davila After Her Controversial Comments About Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

A prominent lawyer and social media blogger slammed Karen Davila after she made the controversial comments that went viral about President Rodrigo Duterte's son, Paolo, and son-in-law, Mans Carpio.
The journalist and news anchor during her radio program at DZMM TeleRadyo said Paolo and Carpio should go to the senate and clear their names since they were mentioned by a witness.

However, Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles said the two do not have anything to prove. It is Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who asserts that Paolo and Carpio were connected to Taguba therefore he must prove it.

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Below is Atty. Cruz' full statement posted on her Facebook page. Please read.

Karen Davila says that Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio need to go to the senate to clear their names because they were mentioned by a witness.

What she is doing here is saying that because their names were mentioned, they are presumed guilty and they now have the burden to clear their names?
They have no such burden.

The accuser must prove guilt. The person who asserts a fact must prove it. Sen. Trillanes believes the two are guilty? Then he must have evidence to show that. Trillanes asserts that Paolo Duterte is connected to Taguba? Then he must prove it. Hearsay evidence proves nothing.

The problem is, Ms. Davila wants the two to prove their innocence. Forgetting that innocence is presumed, and this presumption is guaranteed by the constitution.

The two do not have anything to prove. It is Trillanes who needs to prove that his suspicions warrant some kind of compulsion to force the two to come to the senate.

You have it backwards, Ms. Davila.

One last thing. As my friend Xc A Marin points out, the senate is a legislative body. It is not a court. A court is where you prove guilt or innocence and ... ahem... clear your name once and for all. :)
Meanwhile, in a statement released through counsel Atty. Raymond Fortun, broker Mark Taguba on Friday denied tagging Paolo and Carpio of any involvement in a P6.4 billion shabu shipment or the "tara" system in Bureau of Customs (BOC).