(Eagle News)–Senator Leila de Lima has thrown her support behind Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who has been accused of being among those behind the “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos against President Rodrigo Duterte, his family and some of his allies.
“Nakita na naman natin ang pagiging doble kara ng gobyerno ni Duterte. Noong nagsasalita si ‘Bikoy’ sa pagkakasangkot sa ilegal na droga ng pamilya ni Duterte, wala raw itong kredibilidad at hindi dapat paniwalaan. Ngunit ngayong binaligtad na ang testimonya at idinawit na ang oposisyon, ginamit na nila ang sinasabi ni ‘Bikoy’ para lalong siraan at gipitin ang mga kritiko,” De Lima said.
She was referring to Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed he was the yellow-hooded character “Bikoy” in the videos that circulated online and that implicated President Duterte and his group in the illegal drug trade.
In a press conference last week, Advincula recanted and said all that was said in the videos were “lies.”
He said apart from Trillanes, other opposition figures including the Liberal Party were behind the videos, which were aimed at ousting Duterte and discrediting Bong Go, the President’s longtime aide, who was at that time running for a seat in the Senate.
He said under Project Sodoma, with Duterte out, Vice President Leni Robredo of the LP would be installed as the new President based on the Constitution, while Trillanes, whose term as senator expires in June, would be installed as vice president.
The LP and Robredo have denied the allegations.
Trillanes, for his part, admitted to meeting with Advincula, but noted he did not pay much attention to his statements on a supposed illegal drug syndicate since these had to be vetted first.
“Walang pinagkaiba ang gobyernong ito ni Duterte kay ‘Bikoy’. Napakagaling magsinungaling at paiba-iba ng sinasabi. Imbes na magtrabaho o sagutin ang mga kontrobersya, sila itong puro basurang matrix ang inaatupag para baligtarin ang isyu at malihis ang atensyon ng publiko,” De Lima said.
Earlier, De Lima called on the Palace to probe Advincula’s claims against the President and his group.
De Lima, who is facing drug-related cases, is detained in Camp Crame.