'Enough of this nonsense': Lacson cancels Senate hearing on 'Bikoy' allegations

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Posted at May 08 2019 11:10 AM

Senator Panfilo Lacson has canceled a Senate committee hearing on the allegations of Peter Joemel Advincula alias "Bikoy" following Senate President Tito Sotto's revelation that Advincula also tried to link officials in the past administration to illegal drugs. 

"SP Sotto said it all. We are now recalling the letter of invitation sent to Advincula yesterday. Notices will be sent out for the cancellation of the committee hearing on Friday. Enough of this nonsense," Lacson, who chairs the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said in his Twitter page.

On Monday, Peter Joemel Advincula introduced himself as Bikoy, the hooded figure who linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to the narcotics trade in several viral videos. The YouTube clips titled "Totoong Narco-list" 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.

Advincula said he surfaced before the media due to a supposed threat on his life. He said he will cooperate with any Senate investigation into his allegations. 

However, Sotto debunked Advincula's allegations, saying the latter also tried the same tactic in 2016. 

Sotto said his aide in December 2016 secured a sworn statement from Advincula who claimed the "Quadrangle" drug syndicate had links to President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. 

Advincula claimed Aquino and his 2 Cabinet secretaries were "patrons" of the drug ring, along with several other officials, said Sotto. 

The Senate President said he decided against making Advincula's accusations public. 

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines has also rejected Advincula's request for legal aid.