QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A waste of time. This is how the Philippine National Police (PNP) considered the allegations of alias ‘Bikoy’ in a viral video implicating former Davao City Vice Mayor Paulo Duterte and Agriculture Undersecretary Waldo Carpio in illegal drugs.
PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde agrees with the Palace that the video is just an act of propaganda since it is now election period.
Albayalde maintained that the PNP will not act on the matter unless a formal complaint is filed against the presidential son and brother-in-law.
“Kung may lalapit sa amin na hihingi ng tulong para ma-identify ang lumabas na iyon at kung talagang paiimbestigahan sa atin. Pero as of this time, kung papatulan po natin lahat iyang lumabas at lalabas pa na mga video na ganyan baka maubos po ang oras natin dyan,” the PNP Chief noted.
(If someone will ask for our help in identifying that person and if we were ordered to investigate, [we would investigate]. But at this point, it is just a waste of time to pay attention to that guy.)
Albayalde said he was skeptical of alias Bikoy’s claim that Paulo Duterte was receiving drug money through Usec. Waldo.
“It is very unlikely na kung ikaw ay magbibigay ng ‘tara’ na sinasabi na nasa isang formal report form. Usually in previous years, gaya ng nakukuhang mga blue book ng jueteng at sugal ay nasa isang maliit na notebook lang iyan, hindi formal letter na ganoon,” Albayalde note.
(It is very unlikely that one will hand a ‘tara’ written in a formal report form. Usually in previous years, it is a small notebook like the blue book in jueteng and other gambling operations, not a formal letter like that.)
“Questionable po ang motive noon and we don’t want to glorify that video,” he noted.
(His motive is questionable and we don’t want to glorify that video.)
The PNP Chief expects similar videos to come out throughout the election period that’s why he is appealing to the public to verify the videos’ content first before sharing them to their social media accounts.
He also calls on all election candidates to be civil at all times.
“Ako’y nananawagan sa ating mga kumakandidato, sa mga incumbents natin na sana magkaroon tayo ng isang civilized way na election. Ipakita natin sa taong bayan at sa international community na capable po tayo na mag-conduct ng halalan,” he said.
(I am calling on all election candidates and incumbents. Let us have a civilized election. Let us show the people and the international community that we are capable of conducting a [peaceful] election.)
The PNP Chief maintained that Paulo Duterte and Usec. Carpio are not included in the government’s narcolist.
“Ang sinasabi ay 2015. Hindi pa po presidente ang ating pangulo noon. Ang tanong ay how can he have a clout na such as big as that na sinasabi when in fact ang tatay mo is only a mayor then? Medyo questionable po iyon,” Albayalde argued.
(He mentioned 2015. [President Duterte] was not yet in office that time. My question is how can he [Paulo] have a clout as big as that when his father was just a city mayor back then? That’s a questionable argument.)
When asked about his comment on Paulo’s dragon tattoo, Albayalde said he is not in the position to speak about it as the matter is something personal.
Alias ‘Bikoy’ is the whistleblower in a recent viral video alleging the former vice mayor and his uncle of illegal drug links.
He claimed to be a former member of a drug syndicate operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas region.
In his video, alias Bikoy tagged Paulo Duterte as the big-time drug lord and principal recipient of drug money from the alleged illegal trade. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Lea Ylagan)