The Palace strongly denied the allegations that the Duterte administration is behind the sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and 35 other individuals involved in the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.
In an interview, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ‘nothing to do with the case.’
In May, a certain Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be “Bikoy,” appeared to the public and said that he was the narrator behind the six-part video series detailing the Chief Executive and his family’s drug syndicate. He revealed that former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, the President’s son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio, and former aide Christopher Go were behind the biggest drug trade in the country.
However, after he surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Advincula suddenly claimed that his previous statement was a lie and was only orchestrated by Senator Antonio Trillanes.
Advincula said that Trillanes’ spearheaded a certain ‘Project Sodoma’ together with Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros. Also, a certain staff of de Lima whom he named as Atty. Phil, Yuli Villanueva-Ong who is in charge of communications, Vicente Romano, Bong Enriquez, and Dan Songo were behind the untruthful script and production of the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist.’
Bikoy also tagged along with the name of Robredo and other opposition senators such as Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, former senators Bam Aquino and Trillanes and members of the Otso Diretso slate namely lawyers Chel Diokno, Romulo Macalintal, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, and former lawmakers Erin Tañada and Gary Alejano.
Robredo had already dismissed the accusation saying she had never met nor communicated with Peter Joemel Advincula.
“Hindi ko siya kilala. Never ko siyang nakausap. Never ko siyang naka-text, never nagka-communication between us,” Robredo said.