Malacañang bent on finding out mastermind behind video series

Published May 5, 2019, 2:13 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang is interested to find out the mastermind behind the controversial video series that supposedly spread lies about the family of President Duterte.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the suspect who allegedly helped circulate the video linking the President’s relatives to the narcotics trade risks prosecution unless he cooperates and unmasks his cohorts.

“He should identify them. Because if he’s innocent and was merely ordered to upload the video, he should identify those behind it. Otherwise, he will be prosecuted,” he said in a recent interview with reporters in Malacañang.

Panelo said authorities must get to the bottom of the video release that sought to discredit the President and his family.

“It is important to investigate the person they arrested to know who is the source of the false information and who is discrediting the President and his family as bad persons,” he said.

The National Bureau of Investigation recently arrested Rodel Jayme, the administrator of a website that helped circulate the “Ang Totoong Narcos List” videos. Jayme will reportedly face inciting to sedition charges. Authorities reportedly said Jayme could serve as state witness in the case.

Malacañang earlier confirmed the alleged plot of some media groups and other personalities to unseat President Duterte.

Panelo said the matrix, that showed the alleged link between Bikoy, the man in the anti-Duterte video, and some media organizations, came from the President himself. The President supposedly got the information from a foreign source.

The Palace however is not yet inclined to run after the people behind the alleged ouster plot, since it was still just a plan. “They can do their worst, we just do our best except only if they pursue that and in the process, they will be performing criminal overt acts,” Panelo said.