'Serious credibility problem': Lacson won't buy Bikoy's latest claims


Posted at May 23 2019 10:53 AM | Updated as of May 23 2019 09:45 PM

MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he is not buying the latest claims of Peter Joemel Advincula after the latter accused the Liberal Party and Sen. Antonio Trillanes of masterminding the "Totoong Narco-list" videos against President Duterte.

In a statement, Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, said Advincula has to show more than just a narration to prove his claims.

"He suffers from a serious credibility problem that he must overcome if he wants to be believed this time. He can only do it by presenting solid and substantial proof of his alleged meetings and regular communication with the people that he is now turning the tables on," he said.

He said he will leave it to the proper authorities to conduct the appropriate assessment of Advincula's new revelations.

Advincula -- a man who introduced himself as "Bikoy", a hooded figure in several viral videos -- made an about-face Thursday after initially claiming that Duterte and his allies had links to the narcotics trade.

In a press conference, he claimed Trillanes and other opposition personalities had hatched a plot to discredit and overthrow Duterte before June 30, 2019.

Lacson, however, had earlier discredited Advincula, saying he had information that a "small group" of active police officers handled Advincula in 2016 and that their main goal was to discredit former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and his former cabinet members, including former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, former Justice Secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima, and former Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

The senator, who is the chairman of Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, earlier canceled an inquiry into Advincula's allegations.

President Duterte has also cast doubt on Advincula's claims that he is the hooded "Bikoy" in the viral videos, saying the man in the videos sounded like a soldier.