(Eagle News)–Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday, May 27, admitted to meeting Peter Joemel Advincula but noted he did not pay much attention to what he said in his supposed exposé at that time.
In a privilege speech, Trillanes said priests brought Advincula, who claimed to be the yellow-hooded character “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos against President Rodrigo Duterte, his family and some of his allies, to him in August last year.
Trillanes said Advincula had claimed he feared for his life as a drug syndicate was reportedly after him.
“Pinakinggan ko siya pero nakulangan ako at naguluhan sa mga detalye kaya isinantabi ko at tuluyan nang kinalimutan ang usapang ito,” Trillanes said.
According to Trillanes, the priests, who had reportedly been receiving death threats, came back to him in February.
He said they gave him documents containing the supposed bank accounts of alleged leaders of a syndicate of which “Bikoy” was supposedly a member.
Trillanes said he had the documents validated by media outlets, and other entities, both in the country and abroad, and advised Advincula and the priests to wait.
“Uulitin ko, wala akong kinalaman sa paggawa ng mga videos na ‘yun,” Trillanes said, noting that he was abroad when the videos came out.
In a press conference last week, Advincula said Trillanes and other members of the opposition were behind the videos which accused President Duterte, his family and his allies of being engaged in the illegal drug trade.
Advincula had said under Project Sodoma, Duterte would be ousted and replaced by Vice President Leni Robredo, based on the Constitution, while Trillanes would be installed as vice president.
They have denied the allegations.