DAVAO CITY - Senator-elect Bong Go on Thursday said he would hold accountable those who tried to smear his senatorial campaign through "black propaganda."
A series of web videos uploaded at the height of the campaign period alleged that Go was receiving payoffs from drug syndicates.
Go had removed his shirt before news cameras several times to disprove claims that he has a tattoo on his back that bore serial numbers linked to his alleged drug accounts.
The same campaign "black propaganda" was used against former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when he ran for president in 2016, Go told reporters on the sidelines of his victory party here.
"Sabi ko nga bilog ang mundo. Antayin na lang po natin, mananagot ang dapat managot," he said.
"Grabe na po ang pahirap niyo sa akin sa nakaraang eleksyon. Ako'y parang binugbog niyo talaga," he said.
Duterte's long-time aide who was voted senator in the 2019 midterm polls earlier said he would summon Trillanes to a Senate hearing over the web videos that linked him to illegal drugs.
Trillanes, among Duterte's most vocal critics, had summoned Go to a Senate inquiry in 2018 over allegations that he meddled with a multibillion-peso frigate weapons deal.
- with a report from Berchan Louie Angchay, ABS-CBN News