Malacañang has dared those claiming senatorial bet Christopher “Bong” Go is involved in illegal drugs to file charges against him but stressed that these are merely black propaganda against the administration.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a palace interview that the video circulating online is meant to discredit Go, President Duterte’s former aide.
“That’s pure and simple black propaganda. It’s so easy to write a story and do a movie or video out of that, madaling gawin lahat iyon eh,” Panelo said.
“Eh kung totoo iyon, di sana nag-file na sila ng mga charges. Wala naman silang pina-file. So ibig sabihin, hindi totoo,” he said.
Go was linked to the illegal drug trade after a video titled “Ang Totoong Narco List” (The True Narcolist) claimed he owns four local bank accounts into which drug money is funneled.
The information alleged came from a certain "Bikoy", who claims to be a former record keeper of a narcotics ring operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas.
According to “Bikoy”, Go uses the codename "TESOROGOLF-TSG-002" and has a dragon tattoo on his back supposedly containing the alphanumeric code of his drug transactions.
But Panelo said he who alleges such claims must be the one to prove it, when asked if Go will should show his back to prove his innocence.
It also claimed that the President’s son, former Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte also benefited from the illegal drug trade.
Panelo said the President continues to enjoy the public’s confidence and efforts to bring down the Duterte family will not succeed.
“Walang naniniwala sa kanila,” Panelo said, referring to the President’s distractors. (with reports from PNA)