MANILA (UPDATE) - Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV rejected Friday accusations of the President's son, Paolo Duterte, that he is behind 2 viral videos that supposedly links Duterte to the illegal drug trade.
In a statement, Trillanes congratulated the people behind the videos that allegedly linked the Duterte family to illegal drugs. "Having said that, 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.
"Anu't ano pa man, hindi talaga natutulog ang Diyos," he added.
He again criticized President Duterte, saying the truth "has finally come to haunt you." He also challenged the President to sign a bank secrecy waiver to prove he is not corrupt.
He also renewed his challenge to the President's son to show his back tattoo. "Ikaw naman Polong, ipakita mo na lang ang likod mo, ang dami mo pang arte," he said.
In the video uploaded on YouTube, a certain "Bikoy", allegedly a former member of a drug syndicate, claimed he had records of "tara" or grease money allegedly deposited into the accounts of drug lords with the code names "POLODELTA-TSG01" and "ALPHA TIERRA-0029."
He said the tara records started in the year 2010.
It said the "POLODELTA-TSG01" accounts allegedly belong to former vice mayor Paolo Duterte while the "ALPHA TIERRA-0029" accounts allegedly belong to Agriculture Assistant Secretary Waldo Carpio, a sibling of Manases Carpio who is the President's son-in-law and husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
The nearly 7-minute clip's narrator claimed P170 million and P210 million were transferred to Paolo Duterte's purported account under an international bank in 2018.
In the video, Bikoy said he personally saw Paolo’s dragon tattoo which supposedly bears the alphanumeric code used by the former vice mayor in his tara.
The video narrator then challenged Paolo to show his tattoo once and for all.
Trillanes earlier accused the younger Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio of involvement in drug smuggling.
They faced off in a Senate hearing in 2017, where Trillanes asked Duterte to show his back tattoo, allegedly of a "colored and dragon-like figure," but the vice mayor refused, invoking his right to privacy.
The senator, a long-time critic of the President, said he got the "intelligence information" that the younger Duterte was part of a drug triad from a foreign source he did not name.
The former vice mayor has sued Trillanes for libel over the allegations.
In a statement, Paolo Duterte again refused to show his back tattoo.
“I will not show the tattoo on my back and make things easier for Mr. Trillanes. Instead, I dare him and everyone behind the stupid and empty video exposé to back their claims against me," he said.
The President's son is running for Representative of Davao City's first district in May's midterm elections.
President Duterte has also denied that his eldest son Paolo is involved in the illegal drug trade, saying his political enemies are behind the viral video.
“Well, that is a propaganda that has been repeated all the time. Alam mo --- alam ko propaganda na ‘yan. I was told. Eh pabalik-balik na ‘yang… I assure you, we are not into it,” Duterte said in an chance interview at the sidelines of the annual convention of the League of Prosecutors in Puerto Princesa City.
He also tagged one of the supposed purveyors of the video, whom he did not name, as "gay".
“Kaya sabi ko kayong mga bakla… I do not have to give the name. Iyan sa mga critics ko tanungin ninyo kung sino at alam ninyo kung sino siya,” he said.