File raps vs. Bong Go if narco-video is true, accusers told
By Azer Parrocha
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Malacañang on Monday challenged the people behind the video circulating on social media linking President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former aide and senatorial bet Christopher “Bong” Go to illegal drugs to file charges against him if they could prove their allegations were true.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo tagged the release of the video as “black propaganda” to hurt Go’s chances of winning a seat in the Senate during the upcoming midterm elections.
“That’s pure and simple black propaganda. It’s so easy to write a story and do a movie or video out of that, madaling gawin lahat iyon eh (that’s easy to do),” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
“Eh kung totoo iyon, di sana nag-file na sila ng mga charges. Wala naman silang pina-file. So ibig sabihin, hindi totoo (But if it’s true, they should have filed charges. They haven’t filed anything yet. So, it must mean it’s not true),” he added.
Asked if Go would show his back to disprove the allegations that he has a dragon tattoo, Panelo said “the one who alleges must prove.”
Go was linked to the illegal drug trade after a video titled “Ang Totoong Narco List” (The True Narcolist) claimed he owns four local bank accounts into which drug money is funneled.
Reports showed that the information came from a certain “Bikoy”, who claims to be a former record keeper of a narcotics ring operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas.
According to Bikoy, Go uses the codename “TESOROGOLF-TSG-002” has a dragon tattoo on his back supposedly containing the alphanumeric code of his drug transactions.
It also claimed that the President’s son, former Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte also benefited from the illegal drug trade.
Panelo, however, brushed off these allegations expressing confidence that these “false narratives” against the President’s family will never succeed. (PNA)