MANILA -- The government should investigate the allegations of man who admitted to appearing in a set of viral videos as "Bikoy," a hooded figure who linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to illegal drugs, 3 of 8 opposition senatorial candidates said Tuesday.
The "Totoong Narco-list" videos claimed drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of Duterte's son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio, and former aide Christopher Go.
In a press conference Monday, a certain Peter Joemel Advincula said he was Bikoy, who claimed that he kept financial records for the drug ring that gave payoffs to the Duterte family and Go.
“Regardless of the truth of or not of his accusation, if the government is really serious on the war on drugs, ang dapat bigyan ng atensyon ay yung nasaan yung electronic trail and they should be going after the syndicate who are bringing in the drugs,” said senatorial bet Chel Diokno.
Anyone with information on the flow of tons of drugs should undergo the verification process, added Samira Gutoc, another candidate of opposition slate Otso Diretso, during a Quezon City press conference with Diokno.
Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano of Otso Diretso, meanwhile, said Advincula's claims should not be dismissed outright because of his criminal record.
"Kung malinis 'yan, hindi dapat naging involved 'yan sa trade ng droga. Ang sa akin, hindi yan ang solely na batayan para i-dismiss ang kanyang sinasabi," Alejano said during a campaign sortie in a Quezon City market.
(If he's clean, he would not have been involved in the drug trade. For me, that should not be the sole basis for dismissing his statement.)
Advincula said he was handed a 6-year jail sentence in 2010 in connection with documents he signed in previous work.
He also reiterated allegations that Go and Paolo Duterte have back tattoos that allegedly bear alphanumeric codes used in their drug transactions.
Go, who is also running for senator, bared his back anew following Advincula's press conference.
"Mukhang wala (it appears there is none), let us just leave it at that," Alejano said of Go's supposed tatto.
"Sa panahon ngayon marami nang teknolohiya paano tanggalin ang tattoo, but just the same, pwedeng mali si Bikoy, pwede ring tama,” he said.
(In this age, there are technologies that can remove tattoos, but just the same, Bikoy can be wrong, he can also be right.)
Alejano and his ally, Sen. Antonio Trillanes earlier Tuesday denied that Magdalo has ties to the creator of a website that shared the "Totoong Narco-list" videos.