Bong Go takes off shirt to prove he has no tattoo

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 10 2019 12:08 PM | Updated as of Apr 10 2019 01:12 PM

PROSPERIDAD (UPDATE) - Former presidential assistant Bong Go on Wednesday disputed allegations he has links to the drug trade by taking off his shirt to show he has no tattoo, which his accusers claimed would prove his ties to narcotics syndicates.

Speaking before reporters, Go took off his shirt and wore a jersey bearing the number 34, his number in the ballot for the senatorial race.

“Okay na? Klaro ha?” Go said in a press conference on the sidelines of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s campaign sortie in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

A YouTube video entitled, "Ang Totoong Narco List - Episode 3," claimed drug money is allegedly funneled into Go's bank accounts.

Go's bank accounts are allegedly under his relative's name, who supposedly won government contracts worth millions of pesos in Davao City when President Rodrigo Duterte was still mayor. 

The information came from a certain "Bikoy," who claims to be a former record keeper of a narcotics ring operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas. 

Bikoy claimed Go uses the code name "TESOROGOLF-TSG-002" and has a dragon tattoo on his back supposedly containing the alphanumeric code of his drug transactions.

Go said the video was a clear black propaganda against him and the administration. He said Bikoy will meet his karma one day.

“Ito si Bikoy, nagiging kenkoy ka na eh. Ikaw na lang ang lumantad. Alam kong ikaw ang isa sa mga drug lord at tinatamaan kayo sa kampanya namin ni Pangulong Duterte laban sa droga,” Go said.

(This Bikoy is becoming a “kenkoy”. Why don’t you reveal yourself? I know you are one of the drug lords affected by the President’s campaign against drugs.)

“May araw ka rin.” (Your day will come.)

The Palace earlier dismissed the video as propaganda, urging Go's accusers to file charges against him instead.

"That's pure and simple black propaganda. It's so easy to write a story and do a movie or video on that," Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

"Kung totoo iyun e di sana nag-file na sila ng charges. Wala naman silang fina-file."

Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte was also linked in the video to the illegal drug trade, which he and his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, had already denied.