Senator shows video, messages debunking opposition hand in Bikoy claims vs Duterte
MANILA -- A man who accused the opposition of fabricating drug allegations against President Rodrigo Duterte will be "crushed" in court with his own sworn statements, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said Thursday.
Peter Joemel Advincula initially said he was the hooded figure "Bikoy" in the viral videos that accused Duterte's family of accepting drug payoffs. He later recanted his allegations, saying these were lies orchestrated by Trillanes and the Liberal Party to remove the President in office.
Advincula risks facing perjury raps because his initial drug claims against Duterte were in a "legally binding" sworn statement, said Trillanes.
"Gagamitin at gagamitin namin ito kung sakaling mag-isip itong whether PNP or DOJ na i-pursue itong case na ito," he told reporters.
(We will use this if the Philippine National Police or the Department of Justice pursues this case.)
"Our lawyers will have a field day with this guy, dudurugin ang testimonya nito kung aabot sa korte (his statement will be crushed if it reaches the court)," he added.
TEXT MESSAGES, VIDEO
Trillanes also presented text messages between "religious personalities" and Advincula, which supposedly show that the drug allegations against Duterte were his own idea.
"Padre kunan mo aku ng video para may marecord ka ng testimonya ko (Father, take a video of me so you can record my testimony)," read one message.
"Padre tumulong sa hindi si Trillanes itutuloy ko ito (Father, I will push through with this, whether or not Trillanes helps)" went another.
Trillanes said priests informed him of Advicula's claims in August last year, but the latter failed a vetting process, preventing him from becoming a witness at a supposed Senate inquiry.
Advincula was also supposed to appear at a separate inquiry in May, but this was cancelled after Senate President Tito Sotto revealed that Advincula also tried to link officials of the Aquino administration with the drug trade in 2016.
Trillanes, during the press conference, showed a video of Advincula fuming over the cancellation of the investigation supposed to be headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
"Nakita n'yo na ba na may script? Nakita n'yo ba na dinidiktahan s'ya ng kung sino? Iyung mga alegasyon n'ya nanggagaling sa kanya, with feelings pa," he said.
(Did you see if there was a script? Did you see anyone dictating over him? His allegations came from him.)
The opposition lawmaker surmised that Advincula recanted his statement against Duterte because he was under duress or was promised a reward. The PNP earlier denied coaching Advincula's turnaround.