CNN Philippines -- Senate President Tito Sotto yesterday raised more questions on the identity and intentions of the man linking President Rodrigo Duterte’s family and friends into the illegal drug trade. He said Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy, made the same allegations against the Aquino administration in December 2016.
Sotto said Advincula reached out to his office in 2016 when he was Senate Majority Leader. He said his aide was able to secure an affidavit from Advincula.
The senator said Advincula claimed former President Benigno Aquino III, ex-Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, then-Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and others are “patrons” or bosses of the drug syndicate “Quadrangle Group.” He also tagged other officials during the Aquino administration as taking part in the illegal drug trade.
Sotto pointed out that the “Quadrangle Group” is the same drug ring mentioned by Advincula in the video series “Ang Totoong Narco List” -- only now, he is linking other personalities. In the five-part video series, Advincula -- who first appeared as an anonymous man -- alleged the President’s 13-year-old daughter, his son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, senatorial candidate and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s husband Manases Carpio are deep into the drug syndicate.
The senator said he decided against publicizing Advincula’s accusations by holding a Senate probe.
Following Sotto’s media briefing, Senator Panfilo Lacson said his panel will no longer hold a probe on Bikoy’s allegations.
“SP Sotto said it all. We are now recalling the letter of invitation sent to Advincula yesterday. Notices will be sent out for the cancellation of the committee hearing on Friday. Enough of this nonsense,” he said in a tweet yesterday.
By CNN Phillippines, Staff