Trillanes to Guevarra: Investigate Acierto, Bikoy allegations first before crackdown on whistleblowers

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Senator Antonio Trillanes / composite photo from ABS CBN

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has issued a warning against Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to focus on investigating the drug allegations first, instead of prioritizing the crackdown on whistleblower alleging Duterte family of being connected to drugs syndicate.

“Sec. Guevarra should slowdown on his crackdown on whistleblowers linking Duterte and Bong Go to illegal drugs lest he himself be suspected of protecting druglords,” he said in an online post.

“Sec. Guevarra must first investigate and disprove the allegations of both Col. Acierto and Bikoy before he could say that their statements are untrue,” he said.

The opposition senator made the statement a day after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Rodel Jayme, who was identified the developer of the website that first shared the viral “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series which tagged the Duterte family as being involved in narcotics.

The authorities have already filed an “inciting to sedition” case against Jayme for supposedly spreading the controversial video.

On April 17, Guevarra ordered the DOJ J’s Office of Cybercrime and the NBI to probe those behind the “Ang Totoong Narco List” videos, which featured the hooded-man “Bikoy.”

Meanwhile, Malacanang has offered a P10-million bounty for information leading to the arrest of dismissed police officer Eduardo Acierto, who implicated former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang and other businessmen to the drug trade.

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