Lacson said it is now up to the Philippine National Police to investigate Bikoy’s allegations which now implicate Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Risa Hontiveros.
Bikoy claimed that the two lawmakers are the ones behind him in his earlier statements accusing President Rodrigo Duterte and those close to him to be involved in the illegal drug trade.
Lacson said there is a serious problem on Bikoy’s credibility.
As a former law enforcement officer who has first-hand experience in intelligence gathering and investigation, Lacson said Bikoy’s mere statement is not enough.
“Bikoy has to show more than just a narration of what he says now as the real facts,” Lacson added.
The former PNP chief said Bikoy needs to present solid evidence to back up his claims against the personalities who, he claimed, have met with him several times.
“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,” Lacson said.
Meanwhile, in a statement made by Senator Trillanes, he denied the allegations made by Bikoy.
The statement reads, “I deny the allegations made by this Bikoy character. This could be another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition. For now, I will be consulting with my lawyers so that we could also file the appropriate charges against him.”
Senator Francis Pangilinan also released a statement repudiating Bikoy’s claims.
“Wala kaming ugnayan sa video at kay Bikoy. Kasinungalingan lahat ang mga paratang na yan. Gawa-gawa lang ng Administrasyon. Laging dinadamay ang LP sa mga ouster plot na gawa-gawa lang para pagtakpan ang mga palpak at kurakot sa Administrasyon,” Pangilinan said.
He added, “kahit ang pagpatay kay Rizal aaminin ng testigo na yan sa takot sa maaring gawin ng Administrasyon sa kanya o sa mga mahal niya sa buhay. Uulitin ko. Walang kinalaman ang LP sa Bikoy video. Kasinungalingan at gawa-gawa lamang ang mga paratang na ito.”
Otso Diretso candidate, Atty Chel Diokno also made a statement on Bikoy.
“Ang FLAG ay hindi abogado ni “Bikoy.” Inilapit sa FLAG ang kaso, pero tumanggi ang FLAG, kaya ang naging sagot namin ay sa IBP na lang siya lumapit. Karaniwan namang ginagawa ito ng mga abogado pag tumanggi silang tanggapin ang isang kaso,” the statement reads.
On the other hand, Cong-Elect Paolo Duterte, the first person named in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist”, has released a statement on Bikoy’s recent confession.
“From the very start, it was clear that the Bikoy videos were fabricated with a narrative taken straight from the playbook of people whose desire is to destroy our name and our reputation,” the new lawmaker said.
He added, “All the lies presented were also meant to crush the trust of the Filipino people in the authorities and inspire public disgust against the government — truly the handiwork of people who want to undermine the Duterte administration.”
The young Duterte said, “Without a doubt, as I have said before, Senator Antonio Trillanes was behind it. And now that many names have also surfaced, to include Sen. Risa Hontiveros and several lawyers, I believe a proper investigation is in order.”
Senator-elect Bong Go, another personality mentioned in the Bikoy video, also aired his opinion on this development.
“Hindi ko ikinagulat ang pagbaliktad ni Bikoy sa isang press conference ngayong umaga dahil alam ko sa simula pa lang na pawang kasinungalingan ang lahat ng sinabi niya laban sa kay Pangulong Duterte, sa kanyang pamilya at sa akin,” the new Senator said.
Go also said, “Nakakalungkot nga lang malaman na kung sino pa yung mga sinasabing ‘disente’ na nagmamalinis sa ating lipunan ay sila pa ang may pakana ng maruruming paninira sa kapwa tao. Hindi ito ang uri ng pamumulitika na natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte. Hindi ito ang uri ng pamumulitika ng isang simpleng probinsyanong gaya ko na walang ibang hangad kundi pagserbisyuhan ang kapwa ko Pilipino.”
Go said that he has already forgiven Bikoy.
“Masakit ang ginawa ni Bikoy sa akin. Sa kanyang mga kasinungalingan at paninira sa akin, pinapatawad ko si Bikoy bilang isang Kristiyano. Subalit, bilang isang Pilipino, hahayaan ko ang ating mga otoridad na gawin ang kanilang katungkulan sa anumang pananagutan niya sa batas,” he added.
Go further said, “While I urge our authorities to respect all the constitutional rights of Bikoy, I must also say that the country needs to know the whole truth. After all, the truth will set us free. May panahon din ito. Naniniwala ako na bilog naman ang mundo.”
Even Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said her piece on Bikoy’s claims.
“Bikoy is a scam created by people who oppose the Duterte administration. This group is so disorganized they cannot even get to first base because the path to their objective is in disarray. Kung ako leader ng grupo na ito, I will shoot myself in the head, get rid of the brain that is not useful,” the local chief executive said.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar, meanwhile, also expressed his opinion on Bikoy.
“The turn of events have made this drama more interesting. Now its Bikoy’s words vs Sen. Trillanes and the Liberal Party’s. Im going to the grocery to buy popcorn,” said Andanar. (with details from Nel Maribojoc and Janice Ingente) /mbmf
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (July 15) refused to accept the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project ranking the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous place in the world for civilians.
Such report was based on alleged violence and extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte government’s war on drugs that the project claimed as rampant in the country .
According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, perhaps Filipinos who are critical of the Duterte administration are working to destroy the image of the Philippines and make it appear to the international community that violence is rampant in the country.
In fact, Albayalde said the Philippines is on top of the list among countries in the world safe to live in and for doing business.
“I don’t know how they were be able to say that what’s their basis for saying that,” the PNP Chief said.
According to the 2019 world’s best countries to invest in or do business by CEOWORLD magazine, the Philippines ranked third after Malaysia (1st) and Poland (2nd), even better than Indonesia (4th), Australia (5th) and Singapore (6th). – with details from Lea Ylagan
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the establishment of a separate Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) by December this year to address the persistent woes with illegal recruiters and other concerns.
Duterte said the proposed department’s power will include strict regulation of Philippine-based recruitment agencies.
“Kaya apurahin ko ‘yang Department of OFW. Bawal na ang recruitment sa abroad — sa labas. Kung gusto nila, diyan sila maglagay ng mesa. So, under the supervision of government at walang horrendous charges. Hindi ako papayag ng ganun ‘pag natayo ‘yan,” the president said in a speech during the Araw ng Pasasalamat for OFWs ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo last Friday (July 12).
Duterte said he wants the framework for this proposal be completed by the second week of August.
He also warned illegal and abusive recruiters to shape up as they will no longer operate without direct government supervision once the proposed department is created.
“Kaya kayong mga recruitment, bilang talaga ang araw ninyo… ‘Pag hindi ko kayo nadala sa usapan na maganda, brasohan tayo. ‘Pag nag-brasohan tayo, kayo ang matatalo. Sigurado ‘yan,” he said.
In line with this, former special assistant to the president and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed the Senate Bill 202 or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019.
Go’s proposal seeks the creation of the said department to serve as the umbrella agency to address all concerns of Filipinos working overseas.
The measure will also create an Overseas Filipinos Assistance Fund to provide financial aid to Filipino migrants in distress and provide livelihood loans for OFWs returning to the Philippines for good.
Once approved into law, the department will absorb the functions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, the International Labor Affairs Bureau and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.
Currently, Filipinos wanting to work abroad need to go to different departments to secure necessary documents and present other concerns such as employment and technical education.
The neophyte lawmaker believes the president will certify the measure as urgent to swiftly hurdle the Congress before the year ends.
“I think it’s possible and doable naman po by December. Maybe the president will certify it as urgent. At ang gusto na mangyari ng presidente [ay] maiwasan ang illegal recruitment or maging biktima ng illegal recruitment,” he said. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
The Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes filing obstruction of justice charges against the Metrobank-Binondo branch management after a robbery incident.
This was after the management refused to allow police authorities to enter their branch after it was robbed on Thursday morning (July 11).
“We will check on that because technically, baka pwede kami makapag-file ng obstruction of justice (maybe we can file obstruction of justice),” according to PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.
“When something happens in a place, that is considered a crime scene. Kailangan makapasok ng mabilis iyong ating investigators (our investigators should immediately enter the premises),” he added.
According to the Manila Police District (MPD), the policemen were able to enter the branch two hours after the robbery.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned the said security protocol of Metrobank. He said that they will hold officers liable if proven to be involved in said crime.
“If there’s abuse on the part of the chief security of the bank, of the branch head, whoever calls the situation in interfering police operation, we will make them liable and we will think they are part of the criminal elements,” Moreno said.—AAC
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