Senator Antonio Trillanes on Sunday said that anonymous whistleblowers like “Bikoy” should learn on what happened to other people who openly accused President Rodrigo Duterte before revealing himself in public.
In a radio interview with dzBB, Trillanes said that he’s not planning to “force” the accusers to go out because of the possible outcomes if the government identified them.
He mentioned retired Davao City police Arthur Lascañas and Edgar Motabato who claimed that he’s a former member of DDS, who openly accused Duterte and now already hiding because of being charged.
“Mag-isip-isip siya, kung talagang seryoso siya sa alegasyon na ‘to kailangan panindigan niya but mayroong risks dito,” Trillanes said.
“Kung lalabas siya eh kailangan alamin niya ‘yung haharapin niya, kasi nakita mo ‘yung ginawa kay Lascañas, Matobato… anong ginawa sa kanila ng Senado at saka nitong si Duterte, ng administrasyon? Kinasuhan si Matobato saka si Lascañas base dun sa kanilang testimonya.” he added.
He also said that a Senate investigation cannot happen if Bikoy is not going show up in public.
“Kung hindi siya lalabas there will be no basis for a Senate investigation pero there is a basis for government agencies to pursue those leads,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes also pointed out that website administrator Rodel Jayme and Bikoy would be considered innocent on their charges if they prove themselves that they’re telling the truth in public.
“Ang tanong dito, totoo ba o hindi ang alegasyon ni Bikoy? Kasi kung totoo, anong kasalanan nitong si Jayme at si Bikoy? Diba wala? Kasi hindi krimeng magsabi ng totoo,” he said.
Meanwhile, Trillanes’ colleague Senator Panfilo Lacson urged “Bikoy” to reveal himself in public.
“Mahirap magtanong sa video. Hindi sasagot ang video,” Lacson said.
“Kung maiharap si Bikoy, ma-identify kung sino, at padala namin ng invitation o subpoena, at humarap siya roon, tatanong namin si Bikoy anong basehan ng akusasyon mo?” he added.
As of writing, the National Bureau of Investigation is still looking for the possible identity of Bikoy by the help of Jayme who said that he’s willing to help the investigators to find the people behind the videos against the Duterte family.