Bong Go to Trillanes: I might summon you over 'Bikoy' videos


Posted at May 23 2019 12:48 PM | Updated as of May 23 2019 10:18 PM

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MANILA -- Senator-elect Christopher "Bong" Go on Thursday hinted he might summon outgoing Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to a legislative inquiry after the latter was implicated in a series of viral videos that linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to the narcotics trade.

A certain Peter Joemel Advincula claimed he was "Bikoy", a hooded figure in the "Totoong Narco-list" videos, who accused Go, Duterte's former longtime aide, of pocketing drug payoffs.

He surrendered to the police and claimed earlier Thursday that Trillanes and the Liberal Party orchestrated the videos, supposedly in a plot to remove Duterte from office.

"Trillanes, hintayin mo rin. Baka ikaw rin ang ipatawag ko," Go said in an interview with radio DZMM.

(Just wait, I might summon you, too.)

A fierce critic of Duterte, Trillanes last year summoned Go to a Senate inquiry over allegations that he meddled with a multibillion-peso frigate weapons deal.

"Pasalamat rin ako kay Trillanes, kung hindi n'ya ako tinawag d'yan baka hindi ako naging senador ngayon," said Go, without expounding.

(I thank Trillanes. If he did not summon me there, I may not be a senator now.)

Trillanes has rejected Advincula's claims and said he will consult his lawyers for the possible filing of charges. The LP also denied any hand in the videos.

Go, however, backed the allegation, saying "Naniniwala po ako na nasa likod nito sina Trillanes at oposisyon. Sinakyan po nila ang issue para sirain si Pangulong Duterte at ang mga kandidato ni Pangulong Duterte."

(I believe that Trillanes and the opposition were behind this. They rode the issue to discredit the President and his Senate candidates.)

"Kanya-kanya na pong hugas-kamay kung sino po ang nasa likod nitong si Bikoy na 'to," he said.

(They are washing their hands off who was really behind this Bikoy.)