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PNP to probe ‘Bikoy’ narco videos

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to probe viral videos tagging individuals who are close to President Rodrigo Duterte in the illegal drug trade.

PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde on Monday said they will take the initiative to track down those behind the videos which features a certain “Bikoy” though they have yet to receive any formal complaint.

Bikoy, who claimed to be a former member of a drug syndicate operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas, had tagged presidential son Paolo Duterte and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go in the narcotics trade.

He also said that both Duterte and Go have dragon tattoos on their backs that bear the alphanumeric codes from the drug transactions.

The video also tagged Agriculture Undersecretary Waldo Reyes Carpio as the owner of bank accounts used as Duterte’s dummy in the drug transaction.

Since April 2, there have been four episodes of the series entitled “Ang Totoong Narcolist” that were uploaded to social media.

Duterte had previously denied the accusation that he was one of the principals of a drug syndicate who received millions of pesos in kickbacks

READ: Paolo Duterte denies receiving kickbacks from drug syndicates

Go also belied the allegations and even bared his back to the public to disprove the tattoo claims.

READ: Bong go bares his back to deny alleged link to drug syndicate

Albayalde said the videos may be a form of propaganda against Duterte and Go since the two are running for public office in the 2019 midterm elections.

The PNP chief also warned earlier that “Bikoy” could face a cyber libel case if he fails to present substantial evidence to back his claims. – Robie de Guzman

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Bong Go bares his back to deny alleged link to drug syndicate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Senatorial aspirant, Christopher ‘Bong’ Go bares his back to deny his alleged links to an illegal drug syndicate.

Senatorial aspirant and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go on Wednesday bared his back to refute his alleged links to an illegal drug syndicate.

Go showed off his back to debunk claims he has a tattoo as mentioned in a series of videos uploaded by a certain ‘Bikoy’.

In the third installment of videos entitled, “Ang Totoong Narco List,” ‘Bikoy’ tagged Go as one of the big bosses in a drug syndicate who allegedly owns four local bank accounts where drug money is funneled. He alleged that Go used the codename “TESOROGOLF-TSG002,” which supposedly represents the former presidential aide’s full name Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Tesoro Go.

Bikoy, who claimed to be a former member of a drug syndicate operating in Luzon and Visayas, said Go has a dragon tattoo on his back that bears the alphanumeric code “COATLIBRA-0018” from the drug transactions.

At a campaign sortie in Agusan del Sur on Wednesday, Go dispelled the accusations by baring his back.

Former Presidential aide Bong Go bares his tattoo-less back to debunk his alleged links to a drug syndicate. | Photo by Bong Go

There was no tattoo on his back but there were circular marks, which Go said were due to ventosa cupping therapy.

In another campaign sortie in Laguna on Monday, Go denied having a tattoo and accused his political opponents of employing “desperate” tactics.

“Hindi pa po ako nagkaroon ng tatoo kailanman sa  buhay ko, balat po marami ako sa likod,” he said.   

(I never had a tattoo. Birth marks, I have many on my back)

He also denied involvement in the drug ring, stressing that his former boss and still close ally – President Rodrigo Duterte – abhors illegal drugs.

Malacañang has dismissed the allegations against Go, and presidential son Paolo Duterte who was also tagged as among the principals of a drug syndicate, as mere propaganda.

“We’ve been saying all along that that was a black propaganda. There are people who believe it, hook, line, and sinker. It’s now showing that it’s not true. It’s never been true,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. – Robie de Guzman/Roderic Mendoza

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Body recovered in Dasmariñas City, not of missing Halili aide – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

A file photo of Allan Fajardo, the missing aide of slain Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Fajardo was reportedly abducted on April 3, 2019 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

CAVITE CITY, Philippines – The dead body recovered on Thursday (April 4) at Barangay Salawag in Dasmariñas City was not of the missing aide of slain Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili.

This was confirmed by the Dasmariñas City police adding that Allan Fajardo is still nowhere to be found.

Police authorities said Fajardo was only 5’2” in height while the recovered body was around 5’8” to 5’9” inches tall.

“Last Friday, the sister of Mr. Fajardo visited also this station and ang funeral parlor to check ang remains but upon verification hindi nagma-match doon sa description ng brother nila,” said P/Lt. Col. Nerwin Ricohermoso, the Dasmariñas City Chief of Police.

(Last Friday, the sister of Mr. Fajardo also visited this station as well as the funeral parlor to check on the remains. But upon verification, their descriptions of their brother’s features didn’t match that of the recovered body.)

The police forensic team, however, is studying the recovered body if it matches the features of Ricky Atienza, Fajardo’s driver who was also abducted.

“Iyon namang relatives iyong spouse ni Mr. Ricky Atienza also visited here at bini-verify din nila wala pa sila totally nabibigay na any statement kasi ang sa kanila naman they are willing to undergo the DNA or other examinations na baka sakaling magmatch sa relatives nila,” Ricohermoso added.

(The relatives, the spouse of Mr. Ricky Atienza also visited but she’s still verifying. They have not yet forwarded any statement but they said they are willing to undergo DNA or other tests in hope that they match.)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Dasmariñas City has launched a search operation to know the whereabouts of Fajardo and Atienza and if the recovered body in Barangay Salawag has connections to their disappearance.

“We’re conducting also a parallel investigation through the identity ng tao at saan ba siya totally nanggaling,” Ricohermoso said.

(We’re conducting also a parallel investigation through the identity of the (dead) person to know from where he is from.)

Fajardo and Atienza were reportedly abducted on midnight of April 3 from a hotel in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where they were forced inside a white van. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Sherwin Culubong)

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3rd narco-video, just another black propaganda — Malacañang

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

(L-R) A clip of the “narco-video” posted by Alias Bikoy and former Special Assistant to the President, Christopher “Bong” Go

MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Another “narco-video” had surfaced on social media, this time implicating former Special Assistant to the President, Christopher “Bong” Go.

According to the video posted by Alias Bikoy who is purportedly a former member of a drug syndicate, Go is the third biggest drug personality in the syndicate, receiving billions of pesos of drug money from 2010 to 2018.

Alias Bikoy likewise alleged that just like presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, Go also has a tattoo with alpha-numeric code on his back, proof of his membership in the drug syndicate.

Alias Bikoy said they will only stop once Go and the young Duterte showed their backs to the public.

Malacañang, however, said that the burden to show proof is on the ones who make the allegation.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo added that until a case is filed before the proper courts, the allegation will remain to be just an attempt to malign the reputation of the other party.

“That’s pure and simple black propaganda. It’s so easy to write the story, and do a movie, madaling gawin lahat yun eh. Kung totoo yun, eh di sana nag-file na sila ng mga charges. Wala naman silang pina-file. Ibig sabihin, di totoo [that’s very easy to do. If it were true, they should have filed charges already. They’re not filing any case.  That means, it’s not true],” Panelo said.

Read: PNP: No probe unless a formal complaint is filed vs. Paulo Duterte, Usec. Carpio

Go has yet to issue any reaction to the issue.

Malacañang, on the other hand, is confident that the issues will no way affect the credibility of President Rodrigo Duterte nor his family. The first two videos released by alias Bikoy have implicated Paolo Duterte and the President’s partner Honeylet Avanceña in illegal drug trade.

The young Duterte had denied the allegation or any involvement in illegal drug trade. – Maris Federez (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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