MANILA—Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes on Saturday said the Duterte administration appears "nervous" in the wake of allegations made by a certain "Bikoy," who has tied the presidential family to the illegal drug trade.
Trillanes said the Department of Justice's actions against those allegedly behind the anti-Duterte video series gives some credibility to Bikoy's claims.
"By virtue of actions alone, medyo nagkakaroon ng credibility ’yung Bikoy allegations. Kung fake news lang ’yan, bakit papansinin mo ’yan? Pero mukhang nininerbyos sila rito," Trillanes told radio DWIZ.
"Itong DOJ, NBI sabi nila nu’ng una cybercrime, cyberlibel pero walang complainant. Kasi ’yung cyberlibel dapat may complainant. Tsaka saan ka makakakita ’yung buong DOJ, NBI cyberlibel lang nagkukumahog."
Trillanes urged government to conduct a probe into Bikoy's allegations.
"Imbis na imbestigahan ’yung mga alegasyon, at least man lang magpanggap na iniimbestigahan kasi mabigat ’yan," he said.
"Ni hindi man lang nagpanggap na nag-conduct sila ng investigation, bagkus ang hina-harass ngayon ’yung mga taong nasa likod daw ni Bikoy. Ano’ng krimen nu’ng mga tao na ’yun kung totoo ang alegasyon. Hindi krimen ang pagkalat ng katotohan pero kasalanan ’yung pagpigil ng katotohanan."
The DOJ on Thursday nabbed Rodel Jayme, web administrator of MetroBalita.net, which was found to have shared the controversial Bikoy videos.
Jayme is facing an inciting to sedition charge based on email and Facebook conversations that show “continuity” of efforts to conduct libelous attacks against the government, according to the DOJ.
Jayme said he only created the website and was never responsible for its content. He said he agreed after being told it would only be used to share articles highlighting the achievements of the previous administration.