Pangilinan: No LP link to Bikoy, viral anti-Duterte videos
MANILA - Contrary to the claims of Peter Advincula, the Liberal Party did not fund or back a series of viral videos that linked President Duterte's family to illegal drugs, LP president Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said Thursday.
Advincula, who claimed to the hooded "Bikoy" in the "Totoong Narco-list" videos, said he was instructed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and members of the Liberal Party to produce the videos in exchange for P500,000.
"Wala kaming ugnayan sa video at kay Bikoy. Kasinungalingan lahat ang mga paratang na 'yan. Gawa-gawa lang ng administrasyon," Pangilinan said in a statement.
(We have no ties with neither the video nor Bikoy. All the allegations are lies that are just manufactured by the administration.)
"Laging dinadamay ang LP sa mga ouster plot na gawa-gawa lang para pagtakpan ang mga palpak at kurakot sa Administrasyon," he said, noting that the Duterte administration has yet to nab the drug syndicate behind the entry of billions-worth of shabu through the Bureau of Customs.
(The LP is always linked to alleged ouster plots meant to cover up the failures and corruption in the administration.)
"Yang mga sindikato ng droga ang dapat nilang habulin, hindi mga kritiko at mga nasa oposisyon," he said.
(They should go after drug syndicates instead of administration critics and members of the opposition.)
Aside from the LP, opposition senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Risa Hontiveros were also tagged in the alleged production of the "ang Totoong Narcolist" videos.
Pangilinan said any witness would testify against the LP for fear of reprisal from the government.
"Kahit ang pagpatay kay Rizal aaminin ng testigo na 'yan sa takot na maaaring saktan siya o pamilya niya ng mga tauhan ng administrasyon na ito," he said.
Other Liberal Party stalwarts challenged Advincula to present evidence that would back his claims.
"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," Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said in a statement.
"It is easy to say that it is the LP. The LP has denied that it knows Advincula. Advincula should provide the evidence to prove his allegation," Liberal Party VP for External Affairs Erin Tañada said.