By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson hopes the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) would first evaluate the documents submitted by Peter Jeonel Advincula, the man who claims to be “Bikoy.”
“Otherwise, they might be misunderstood as engaging in political partisanship which could punch a hole and deflate their credibility,” Lacson stressed.
“By their admission, they haven’t evaluated Bikoy’s accusations yet they provided him their facility and a forum to air his accusations,” said Lacson.
But as far as he is concerned, the senator, a former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the Senate has no qualms investigating Advincula’s claims so long as he is able to submit the necessary documents and pieces of evidence related to his accusations.
“As far as the Senate is concerned, we will await his sworn statement and whatever supporting evidence he has, after which we will evaluate and proceed from there,” Lacson said.
“If it merits a Senate inquiry, we definitely will conduct one,” he added.
Lacson, on Sunday, urged “Bikoy” to come out and validate his claims on the supposed involvement of members of the Duterte family, particularly, Sara Duterte-Carpio, Kitty Duterte, the President’s daughter with partner Honeylet Avanceña, and Go.
He said he doesn’t see the need for the Senate to conduct an investigation on Bikoy’s claims until he publicly comes out and verify his claims.