MANILA -- The Liberal Party had no hand in a series of viral videos linking President Duterte's family to the narcotics trade, at least 2 stalwarts said Thursday, contrary to the claim of Peter Joemel Advincula, who admitted responsibility for the clips.
Advincula earlier this month said he was "Bikoy", a hooded figure who claimed in the "Totoong Narco-list" videos that 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.
However, Advincula surrendered to the police and said Thursday that his previous allegations were all lies supposedly orchestrated by the LP and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
LP "had nothing to do with the so-called Bikoy videos," said its member, Sen. Franklin Drilon.
"That the Liberal Party connived with an obviously professional con artist to topple the government is most absurd. It is ridiculous on so many levels. It's excruciating to have listened to all his lies," he said in a statement.
LP president for external affairs Erin Tañada, meanwhile, challenged Advincula to "provide the evidence to prove his allegation."
"It is easy to say that it is the LP. The LP has denied that it knows Advincula," he said in a separate statement.
The PNP should "get to the bottom of the issue and file the appropriate charges," added Drilon.
Trillanes has also denied accusations that he is behind the viral videos.
"I deny the allegations made by this Bikoy character. This could be another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition. For now, I will be consulting with my lawyers so that we could also file the appropriate charges against him," he said in a statement. With a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News