MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson believes the man in the video accusing President Rodrigo Duterte's family of pocketing millions of pesos in kickbacks from the illegal drug trade is not acting alone.
"'Bikoy' was obviously not acting alone. And the Palace wants to unmask who are the people behind him. 'Yun ang naga-arouse ng interest among us," Lacson said.
The Department of Justice's Office of Cybercrime confirmed that the man who uploaded the series of videos of “Bikoy” had been arrested.
No other details were made available pending the report of the National Bureau of Investigation.
"The first question that needs to be answered is - is the arrest legal?" Lacson asked.
Under the Revised Penal Code, Lacson said warrantless arrest is lawful if the person has committed, about to commit or was committing a crime.
"Without proper legal basis for conducting arrest dito kay Bikoy, I think the DOJ or NBI should explain why they arrested him," he said.
He added that the arresting officer should have personal knowledge that the person actually committed the offense.
But Atty. Charito Zamora, officer-in-charge of the DOJ's Cybercrime Office clarified that it was not "Bikoy" who was arrested.
"The guy that was arrested by the NBI was the one who uploaded the ‘Bikoy videos’ for cyber libel, not Bikoy himself," Zamora said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.
The senator said what makes this case different is that it is the First Family that is the subject of allegation made by "Bikoy".
"The President has all resources under his disposal, so that makes it different. The President can mobilize law enforcement agencies, DOJ and other cabinet. Full force," he said.
The Youtube clips titled "Totoong Narco-list" claimed drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of Duterte's son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio and former aide Christopher Go.