By MB Online and Vanne Terrazola
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday denied the allegations of Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy”.
“I deny the allegations made by this Bikoy character. This could be another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition,” Trillanes said in a statement.
He said that for now, he will be consulting with his lawyers to file appropriate charges against Advincula.
‘Bikoy’ is the hooded figure who linked President Duterte’s family to illegal drug activities in several videos.
In the “Ang Totoong Narco List” videos, Advincula claimed that Duterte’s son former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte, lawyer Maneses Carpio; former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and even President Duterte’s partner Honeylet Avanceña belong to a drug syndicate.
Trillanes earlier denied his involvement in the video series when its first episode was uploaded online last month.
He also questioned the government’s “eagerness” to chase those behind the propaganda and urged the Department of Justice to probe Bikoy’s allegations against the First Family.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, admitted being confused with Advincula’s fresh allegations, this time against the opposition.
“I don’t know what to think. I only know I am proven right…That he got in touch with me and brought forth allegations about government officials and businessmen,” Sotto told reporters when asked to comment.
The Senate chief, in a press briefing last May 8, revealed that Advincula approached his office in 2016 and tagged top officials of the previous administration in illegal drugs, similar to the Bikoy videos.
“Definitely the person is not credible at all,” he said of Advincula then.
Sotto on Thursday said he leaves it to the discretion of the chairmen of the concerned Senate committees on whether or not to entertain and conduct a probe on Advincula’s new allegations.