Press Release
April 16, 2019

Dispatch from Crame No. 506:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's Statement on the PNP's Manhunt of "Bikoy"

The suppression of the truth about the possible involvement of the Duterte family and associates in the illegal drug trade as revealed by "Bikoy" is now underway.

Instead of investigating the veracity of the allegations and documents relative to these deeply troubling exposé, PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde instead chose to turn the tables against the accuser "Bikoy", by ordering his manhunt, and threatening him and the uploaders of the "Ang Totoong Narcolist" video series with charges of violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Law.

Under the current political climate, it is fairly easy for those in power to escape the law. We just did not expect it from the present PNP Chief whose reputation for being a professional was well-known. Perhaps, if it were a critic or critics who were implicated in the "Bikoy" exposé, we can expect a totally different response from the authorities.

Of course, we do not expect Albayalde to treat Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio, Honeylet Avanceña, and Bong Go the same way as the PNP has treated the thousands of victims of EJK who were executed on mere suspicion of involvement in the illegal drug trade, the same accusations now being raised against the presidential family. That would be a violation of their human rights. Not only do they have human rights, but also "divine rights" as "mga anak ng diyos". They are untouchables and above the law that is only intended for mere mortals like us.

As indicated in Episode 4 of the "Bikoy" exposé, there will be more revelations. "Bikoy" even hinted about his coming out in the open and tell us about Bong Go's tattoo.

Let's wait and see the completion of this exposé and listen to "Bikoy" with an open mind. And then, we act accordingly.

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