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Trillanes denies hand in video linking Paolo Duterte to illegal drugs

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denied on Friday that he is the mastermind behind the video linking presidential son and former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte to the illegal drug trade.

In a statement, Trillanes congratulated the people behind the video saying the accusations of the witness were “very serious, quite pointed and well-explained.”

“I really wish I was part of the making of the videos so I could relish these moments but sadly I am not,” he said.

He added, in the meantime, “I am looking forward, as everyone else, to the next episode.”

The video titled "Ang Totoong Narcolist" showed a certain Bikoy claiming that he was a former drug syndicate member and has evidence of the  involvement of the president's son in the illegal drug trade.

Bikoy  said he had ledgers revealing Paolo's bank records that would show him receiving millions.

Paolo said the video has been “clearly stamped with the indelible Trillanes signature of being a desperate mercenary, the one who has done nothing good but attack the government.”

Meanwhile, Trillanes dared President Rodrigo Duterte to face the accusations.

“Mr. Duterte, the truth has finally come to haunt you. Nabibisto na ang mga pagpapanggap mo. Ikaw pala ang drug lord all along. Tsk tsk. Ang dami mong pinapatay na mga Pilipino para lang malinlang ang buong sambayanan. Pero, ngayon, harapin mo yan. Kahit bumula pa bibig mo sa galit, babalik at babalik yang issue na yan sa mukha mo,” he said.

He recalled the time the President accused him of having offshore bank accounts, he confronted it squarely and “didn't stop until I was able to debunk your lies” and the latter admitted that he just invented the accusations. — BAP, GMA News